Guyana National and Regional Elections, 28 November 2011

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Guyana National and Regional Elections, 28 November 2011
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Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 15 April 2012
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-080-7
Pages: 44

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Guyana’s National and Regional Elections, held on 28 November 2011. The Group was led by the Honourable Denis Marshall QSO, former minister in the New Zealand government, and comprised 13 eminent persons in total.



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Letter of Transmittal

1. Introduction
Terms of Reference
Activities

2. Political Background
Early History
The Transition to Independence
The Burnham Years
Post-Burnham: Political Change
The 2006 Elections
Political Contestants for the 2011 Elections
Local Government Elections
Guyana and the Commonwealth

3. The Electoral Framework and Election Administration
Background and Electoral System
International and Regional Commitments and National Legal Framework
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)
Voter Eligibility and Voter Registration
Party and Candidate Eligibility and Nomination
Election Offences and Election Petitions
Codes of Conduct for Political Parties and Media
Key Issues
1. Composition and Role of GECOM
2. Voter Registration
3. Women’s Participation and Representation
4. Regulations on Campaign Expenditure
5. Size of Electoral Regions
6. Election Petitions Recommendations

4. The Election Campaign
Campaign Calendar
Campaign Environment
Adherence to the Code of Conduct for Political Parties
Advantage and Abuse of Incumbency
Media Background
Media and the Campaign
Media Code of Conduct and the Media Monitoring Unit
State Media
Commercial Media
Print Media
New Media
Election Day
Voter Education
Recommendations

5. Voting, Counting and Tabulation
Background
Key Procedures for Opening and Voting
Assessment of Opening and Voting
Key Procedures for the Count
Assessment of Counting
Overview of the Countrywide Observation
The Tabulation and Results Process
Recommendations

6. Conclusions and Recommendations
Conclusions
Recommendations
Electoral Framework and Election Administration
Election Campaign and Media
Voting, Counting and Results

Annex 1. Composition of the Commonwealth Observer Group
Annex 2. COG Deployment Plan
Annex 3. Arrival Statement Annex 4. Interim Statement