The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance will be convening a national stakeholders’ consultation on the draft amendments to Guyana’s electoral laws on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, from 13:00hrs to 16:00hrs at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in Georgetown.
This consultation is an integral element of the Government of Guyana’s commitment to implement a consultative, inclusive and participatory process regarding electoral reform.
The stakeholder consultation forms part of a continuous consultative process that began on November 6, 2021 when the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance published the draft Representation of the People’s (Amendment) (ROPA) Bill and the draft Regulations made under the Representation of the People Act on its social media pages.
The public was invited to peruse the draft documents and submit feedback to the Ministry within six weeks, however, after requests for extensions, the Ministry accommodated submissions of feedback well into 2022.
Recommendations were received from a variety of stakeholders including civil society actors, the Guyana Elections Commission, some political parties, and other interested individuals and organisations. These recommendations were consolidated and provided to the Attorney General, who in May 2022, facilitated in-person meetings with the respondents.
Updated versions of the ROPA Bill and Regulations have been made available once again, and the new draft amendments to the National Registration Act have also been made accessible for public perusal via a link published on the Ministry’s Facebook pages. To this end, 150 organisations have been invited to the upcoming consultation on October 25. These organisations represent a broad cross-section of society including political parties, constitutional bodies, civil society organizations in the labour movement, private sector, faith-based, youth, women, LGBTQ, ethnic/cultural, health and rehabilitation organisations, and other civil society actors.
At the upcoming consultation, the Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall will make presentations and lead discussions on the draft amendments to the electoral laws including the aforementioned Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill 2022, Regulations Made Under the Representation of the People Act 2021, and National Registration (Amendment) Bill 2022.
This consultation will be live-streamed on the Department of Public Information’s Facebook page. The public is invited to tune into these consultations via the live stream to gain more information about the proposed amendments and become further immersed in the legislative reform process.