House approves $32.5M for Opposition Leader’s office, $3.5B for GECOM – Guyana Times
The Parliamentary Committee of Supply on Tuesday approved the budgetary allocations for local constitutional bodies on Tuesday, during the commencement of the Consideration of Estimates for the 2024 National Budget.
Before the National Assembly, Opposition Parliamentarian Ganesh Mahipaul questioned whether Parliamentary Secretaries Vikash Ramkissoon and Sarah Browne will be paid, given that Acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled in 2023 that their “appointment was unlawful”.
Minister Teixeira explained that the money deducted from GECOM’s budget was the provisions made for local government elections in 2023, noting that the provision isn’t necessary given that Guyana will not be hosting elections in 2024.
Further, she pointed out that there is no allocation for the procurement of biometric equipment since the Commission has not decide on whether it will use biometrics- be it fingerprint scanning or otherwise- in local elections as yet.
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