The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has announced that persons who are listed in the 2011 Official List of Electors (OLE) but are not in possession of their Identification Cards will be allowed to vote. GECOM, in a release stated that information published that persons who do not possess their ID cards will not be allowed to vote, is misleading.
The only persons, who will not be allowed to vote at the elections, are persons whose names are not on the 2011 OLE. National Identification Cards and Valid Passports will be used to verify the identity of electors who are listed in the 2011 Official List of Electors (OLE). However, if an elector is not in possession of his/her ID card, the Oath of Identity will be administered in accordance with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 1:03.
In this regard, the folio with electors’ photographs alongside their names and Identification numbers, which will be in the possession of the Presiding Officer and the Party Agents at the respective Polling Stations, will be used to verify the identity of the voter. GECOM is reminding persons that the ‘old’ ID cards (“red” and “green”) which were issued prior to October, 2009, will not be accepted as a means of identification for voting at the upcoming Elections.
Assistant Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Ambassador Albert Ramdin has confirmed that the OAS will be observing Guyana’s General and Regional Elections on November 28, 2011. Ambassador Ramdin during a courtesy call on Dr. Steve Surujbally, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), last week informed him of this development, according to a release from the Commission. During interactive discussions, Dr. Surujbally updated Ambassador Ramdin about GECOM’s state of preparedness for the conduct of the 2011 General and Regional Elections.
Full Article: Persons on OLE can vote without National ID cards.