UN team visits Guyana to assess elections preparedness

RogerLuncheonGeorgetown, Guyana (GINA) — The readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to hold the May 11, general and regional elections is being assessed by the United Nations Electoral Needs Assessment Mission (UNENAM).

Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, during his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, revealed that the UN would conduct similar missions to member states, to ensure that internationally accepted measures will be in place for elections or “entering into an electoral cycle.”

“They essentially would extensively and intensively review the preparedness, by the national authorities, in our case GECOM, for holding elections. I think free and fair elections would be one of the objectives,” he explained.

The UN mission will be meeting with GECOM, its commissioners, secretariat, and other staff members and stakeholders, during the electoral season, he added.

As part of ongoing preparations, the Media Monitoring Unit (MMU) is to be resuscitated with assistance from the European Union, and other donors.

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