PNC provides list of 'non-existent' names

Stabroek News
November 16, 2000

The People's National Congress (PNC) has handed in a list of some 3,700-odd names to the Elections Commission of persons listed on the National Register of Registrants (NRR) but who the party claims should not be on.

The names were handed over on Tuesday,

The NRR was generated from the final voters list for the December 1997 elections and the names of those persons registered in 1996 and 1997 who would have attained the age of 18 by December 31, 2000. The PNC has claimed that the NRR is padded and as a result the Commission has launched a survey, the results of which are not yet available.

A PNC official told Stabroek News that the 3,700 names related to persons who had migrated or had died since the last elections and whose names had not been removed from the register, and persons who had moved from the districts where they were listed.

The list of names, which the PNC wants removed from the preliminary voters list (PVL) will have to be published by the commission and the names would be sent to the divisional registrars for investigation. That investigation must be carried out in collaboration with the party scrutineers. Where the investigation proves that the persons have migrated or are deceased or have moved from the area, the registrar would so inform the commission which would then make a decision about removing the names of those persons from the list.

The PNC has been contending that there are in excess of 100,000 names which should not appear on the PVL. The commission has so far not commented on the preliminary information submitted by the PNC but the results of some of its preliminary tests tend to disprove the volume of such names. The field test which the commission had conducted was in part to see if the claims of the PNC would be validated, as well as to test the accuracy of the NRR.

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