All public schools will be closed on Monday to facilitate the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE).
The Education Ministry on Wednesday announced that in order to facilitate polling stations schools would be closed for Monday only and classes resume as per normal on Tuesday, November 13.
Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Education Ministry Public Relations Officer (PRO) Brushell Blackman informed that this decision was taken since some schools would be used as polling stations for voters to cast their ballots.
“All public schools will be closed on Monday to facilitate the hosting of Local Government Elections,” he posited.
Additionally, teachers are slated to perform the functions of the various election officials for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) at these polling stations. Consequently, it only seemed fit to pause school activities for the day, the PRO said.
“Some teachers will be performing the duties of officers at these polling stations and performing various functions for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Outside of that, some schools will also be used as polling stations, so taking those factors into consideration, hence the closure,” Blackman added.
The polls will be held across the country on Monday giving citizens the chance to select individuals in the community to represent them. Once elected, these persons will be responsible for ensuring that the needs of the constituencies are fulfilled.
The election process would have commenced with Nomination Day on September 21 when the candidates would have entered the elections arena under their respective political party or as independent candidates.