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UNDP local chief meets with GECOM Chairman

UNDP’s new local representative, Mikiko Tanaka, during her recent courtesy call on GECOM’s Chairman, Dr. Steve Surujbally. UNDP’s new local representative, Mikiko Tanaka, during her recent courtesy call on GECOM’s Chairman, Dr. Steve Surujbally. Kaieteur News

The new United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations DevelopmentProgramme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka, has paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr. Steve Surujbally.


GECOM said yesterday that during their discussion, Dr. Surujbally gave Ms. Tanaka a background of the Guyana Elections Commission and its workings.

“The United Nations has always provided support to GECOM, notably in the areas of Civic and Voter Education, Information Technology, Logistics, inter alia, over the years,” GECOM said in a statement of the meeting.

The newly appointed UNDP local chief explained that while she acknowledges the Chairman’s point of the importance of maintaining the integrity of the electoral processes, she could not at this point in time commit to any specific assistance from the UNDP.

Rather, this would require strategic discussions with the Government of Guyana — as part of defining development assistance priorities in coming years.

“Dr. Surujbally took the opportunity to apprise the UN Resident Coordinator about the just concluded 8th Cycle of Continuous Registration. The Chairman also indicated that the Claims and Objections period will commence on the 17th October, 2016.”

The two officials “agreed that GECOM plays an integral role in the nation’s democratic development, and therefore both institutions remain committed to achieving greater success in the electoral processes.”

Source: Kaieteur News

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