Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said that a worrying situation is brewing within the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) Secretariat and that has to do with new house to house enumeration work next year. Gecom’s Secretariat has include in its budget over $3billion for the process, even though the secretariat has not agreed to it. Jagdeo said.
The Opposition Leader noted that this kind of exercise was recommended early in 2015 and the Commission had refused to approve such an exercise. He said that probally what happened in the last two cycles of registration caused the PNC to become very worried. He asserts that in areas where the PNC had strong hold, people are now moving away from the old methods of registration and going voluntarly to get registered. And that in areas where the PPP has been strong, there is an upsurge in registration. When Minister Amna Ally said that she supported a new house to house registration, Gecom’s Secretariat started to prepare for it, Jagdeo noted.
There are huge dangers in this, citing the delay in the holding of National eelctions. Jagdeo pointed to the fact that in 1990, there were discrepancies in the list and as such the PPP had agreed to put off the holding of National Elections for another two years, hence the elections were held in 1992.
However, this will not be the case this time around, “we are not going to agree to anything now,” Jagdeo said. The moment that the constitutional term expires for the government, “we are in no man’s land” constitutional crisis, Parliament would be dissolved, spending would be halted and any contracts signed within that period will be subjected to review by the new government, he said.
If Gecom is thinking about messing up on the enumeration by leaving out names of persons, then they need to clear their thoughts he quipped, however, if the purpose is to clean up the list then the PPP is on board by other means, such as going to the GRO for the information of dead persons.