Local Government Elections 2018

Local Government Elections & You

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 A person can be qualified to be elected as a Councillor for a Local Authority Area if he / she is registered to vote and is a resident in the Local Authority Area or Constituency in which he / she is seeking to vote.

 A person CANNOT qualify to be elected as a Councillor, or if so elected to hold or continue in office as a Councillor if he / she:

  1. Is the holder of or is acting in an office such as Member of the National Assembly, Member of the Guyana Police Force of Guyana Defence Force, Judge, Magistrate, Local Government Officer, Ombudsman, Director of Public Prosecutions, Election Officer, Registration Officer etc.
  2. Has within 12 months before Election Day received any assistance under the Poor Relief Act;
  3. Has within 5 years before Election Day or since his election been surcharged to an amount exceeding $1000;
  4. Is serving a sentence of imprisonment;
  5. Has been disqualified from holding office as a Councillor;
  6. Has within 5 years prior to Election Day been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice;
  7. Is unable to read or write the English language and;
  8. Has consented to the inclusion of his name on a List of Candidates for another Local Authority Area / Constituency.

 Each Local Authority Area (LAA) is divided into Constituencies for the purpose of electing members of the Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.

 A Constituency in the context of Local Government Elections is a specifically demarcated part of a Municipality or Neighbourhood Democratic Council as defined and identified by its given boundaries.

 For the purpose of electing individual Candidates to represent the respective Constituencies, each Local Authority Area is divided into a given number of Constituencies, equal to half of the number of seats on a Municipality or Neighbourhood Democratic Council,.

 A Candidate seeking election under the First-Past-the-Post or Constituency component of the Local Government Elections must be registered and living in the Constituency in which he/she is seeking to be elected as a Councillor.

 A voter can only vote in the Constituency in which he/she is registered.

 Detailed descriptions and sketch maps of the Constituencies within your Municipality and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council can be accessed at the GECOM Registration Office in your area.

The Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Act provides for:

1. Local Government Elections to be held in all Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils in Guyana using a mixed Electoral System of:

 Proportional Representation - an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.

 First-Past-the-Post – an electoral system in which an individual gains control by the number of cast for him / her.

2. This mixed system provides opportunities for Voluntary Groups, Political Parties and Individual Candidates to contest for seats in the Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.

3. Members to be elected under the proportional representation system shall be elected on a party list or voluntary group list.

4. Members to be elected for the first past the post system shall be elected for a party, voluntary group or as an individual whether or not nominated by a party or group.

5. 50% or half of the number of Councillors of each Municipality and Neighbourhood Democratic Council will be elected through the Proportional Representation component and the other 50% through the First-Past-the-Post or Constituency component of the Electoral System.

6. ONLY Voluntary Groups and Political Parties can contest in the Proportional Representation aspect of Local Government Elections.

7. Voluntary Groups and Political Parties CAN also contest any or all of the seats under the Constituency component of the elections. The candidate(s) must be living in the Constituency being contested.

8. Under the First-Past-The-Post Component, an individual candidate CAN CONTEST FOR ONLY ONE SEAT in a single Constituency in which he/she is registered and resides.

Local Government Elections 2018 Resources

Local Government & You

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Submission of Symbols for Approval

Individuals, Voluntary Groups & Political Parties desirous of contesting LGE 2018 must submit their Symbols to GECOM before Nominations Day (August 29th, 2018)

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Important Timelines

Submission of Symbols for Approval

29th August, 2018

Nomination Day

21st September, 2018

Disciplined Services Day

2nd November, 2018

Elections Day

12th November, 2018