PNCR Leader Robert Corbin says his party has “some time” to prepare for an election, since neither national nor local government elections can be held unless the voters’ register is updated.
Asked during a press conference on Friday about the perceived lethargy within the party concerning the holding of local government elections, Corbin said his party was not being “lethargic” but rather “pragmatic”. He said that information from the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) indicated that the voters’ register list had to be updated.
“The latest information from Gecom suggests that if there are to do anything with respect to elections they will have to open up back the register,” Corbin said. “My information is that they are planning to do that some time later this year,” he said adding that September is the likely period when this will be done.
He noted that neither local government nor general elections could be held without reopening the register for persons who have recently qualified to have their names on the voters’ list. Corbin said based on this and the fact that this process would take a while, his party had “some time” to prepare for elections. He said he hoped his party would use the time productively. “We do have some time and I hope we can use it productively,” he said.