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The General and Regional Elections in Guyana, 15 December 1997

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The Poll and Count

On Wednesday 10 December we observed voting by the Disciplined Forces, which included the police, the defence force, the prison service and the national service. This provided us with an opportunity to observe voters using the newly introduced Voter Identification Card for the first time. Separate lists for the voting of the Disciplined Forces were extracted from the general list on the basis of a list of names provided to the Elections Commission by the relevant service.

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