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GECOM begins training Local Govt poll workers

Participants at the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School Region 6 (GECOM photo)

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has begin training persons to conduct Local Government Elections which could be held any time after mid-February.

The Commission said in a statement that scores of persons took part in a two-day training exercise coordinated and executed by that elections management authority, last Saturday and Sunday. “This exercise has been designed to comprehensively train persons identified to work as Returning Officers and other field staff, to effectively and carefully manage the conduct of Local Government Elections,” said GECOM in a statement.

Over the two days of training, participants were expected to develop an appreciation for and understanding of the organizational structure that will be used to facilitate the conduct of the Local Government Elections processes.  GECPOM added that in addition, the participants were given guidelines on how to develop proper strategies to effectively make the necessary preparations for the conduct of Local Government Elections, and to bring closure to the exercise.

GECOM said participants were also expected to acquaint themselves with the necessary steps involved in individuals casting a ballot, and were also trained in properly dealing with the different types of electors. Moreover, they were also exposed to the various forms and envelopes used during Local Government Elections, and were taught thoroughly and correctly the accurate methods of completing these forms and envelopes.

GECOM says it is intensifying its training of staff for the conduct of Local Government Elections. Last weekend’s training exercise was held at locations in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.