SINCE the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has undertaken to facilitate a national recount of votes cast in the March 2020 Elections, several proposals have come to the fore, but Commissioner Vincent Alexander believes that those which speak to timelines of 10 and 12 days are unrealistic.
One of the most recent proposals to come to the fore was placed by the Guyana Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) for 12 days.
The Institute proposed a 24-hour, non-stop process through which 37 teams would work on 12-hour shift rotations with 3 hours for lunch break or shift change. Based on the institute’s plan, it will take an average of 1 hour and 5 minutes to recount each of the 2,339 ballot boxes.
Region Four, the Region with the highest number of electors, would have 12 teams altogether but 4 teams working simultaneously in the four main groups of South Georgetown, North Georgetown, East Bank, and East Coast and rotating on the 12-hour shift.