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Electronic voting could come on stream by 2020

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The Guyana Elections Commission is hoping to introduce electronic voting in time for the 2020 Regional and General Elections.

Chairman, Justice (Retired), James Patterson says the Commission is in talks with its international partners to explore this possibility.

“That would not be in place for the local government elections we will accumulate the knowledge and the help from all sources and then the commission will debate upon and the commission will fall the ultimate decision as to what direction will venture,” the Chairman said.

Mr. Patterson explained that says this system, if implemented, is likely to remove suspicions in the vote-counting process, since “the learning gleaned from what is happening overseas is that it is really very efficient.”

The need for electronic voting was previously expressed by long-serving Commissioner, Vincent Alexander.

He believes that this process would aid in the faster delivery of the final results.

The GECOM Commissioner cited a previous attempt to move to electronic voting- a programme that was slated for implementation with help from Canada but was eventually placed on the backburner

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