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Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward

…as GECOM gears up to monitor media content ahead of 2020 polls

THE Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Media Monitoring Unit (MMU), when operationalized ahead of the March 2020 General and Regional Elections, will be increasing its scrutiny of social media news platforms.

Over the years, while the Commission’s MMU has observed and reported on coverage of the media during the elections season and their breaches of the 2006 Media Code of Conduct (MCC), this scrutiny had only come to the traditional media of radio, print and television.

“Social media is trumping all other media. The new convergence of this new media technology is really trumping the traditional media so it means therefore that we cannot say that we’re just going to monitor the traditional media platforms and leave social media out. Social media will be one of our top priorities if and when we have that unit established,” GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward told the newspaper on Monday.

The media can significantly influence information and the atmosphere of the coming elections and therefore an MCC was established in 2001— and recently revised in 2015 — as the standard of media performance expected especially during the period.

The Unit prepares and disseminates periodic reports of its findings on the local media’s performance and submits these to interested stakeholders such as GECOM and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

According to reports, the MMU in 2008 monitored seven television stations, one radio station and four local newspapers; in 2015 it monitored nine television stations, four radio stations and the four local newspapers.

While 2015’s efforts saw the monitoring of online content, its reach was limited due to inadequate resources.

The MMU only monitored online content originating from print media; the former Government Information Agency (GINA) and online news websites whose principals had signed on to the 2015 MCC.

A report on the findings of the MMU in 2015 on the Stabroek Newspaper.

From then to now, the average Guyanese can observe that numerous additional news and information groups and companies have come on board, most prevalent on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

“In the past, at the time, [print, radio and television] were the very popular media platforms. Now we have social media, so of course social media will have to come in in terms of a form of monitoring,” Ward stated.

She informed that the Guyana Press Association (GPA) has indicated an interest in briefing media operatives about their conduct – hopefully in January 2020 – which could see a revision of the 2015 MCC to include certain media progressions.

Meanwhile, although the Commission has intentions to re-operationalise the Unit, these discussions have not yet been had formally.

The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) recently announced, that it will be seeking international assistance to monitor the local airwaves for infractions, during the elections season and will be approaching the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the MMU when established.

Explaining the operations of the MMU, Ward stated: “It’s usually funded through international donors. We’ve indicated to some of the international agencies that it’s something that we’re likely to do and, as part of their support, it’s something that might be of interest…since it has not been formally discussed at the level of the Commission as yet, those formal requests have been delayed in that regards.”

The Commission has been attending to several burning issues in the past weeks in relation to the production of an Official List of Electors (OLE).

The MMC also makes observations for balanced reporting which provides the electorate with all sides of the issue and fair reporting free of biases and distortions.

In the past, it has provided charts which show the coverage given to political parties and how often it had been solely negative or positive.

This takes into consideration articles, editorials, letters, advertisements, talk shows, interviews and other forms of information disseminated.

“During the elections time, we want to ensure the importance of accuracy in terms of information being channeled out there because you don’t want any kind of misinformation to be in the public domain and people are not properly informed. We monitor in terms of the accuracy of the content and, of course, in terms of the ethics of reporting,” Ward said.

“While it does not have a legal premise, the fact that people are vigilant, it tends to put a deterrent on this kind of mischief in the public domain.”

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(GECOM) Media Monitoring Unit (MMU)

What effect their scrutiny will have on Socail Media and on line news. They can't touch GNI.

They should focus on getting a credible Voters List.

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Django posted:

(GECOM) Media Monitoring Unit (MMU)

What effect their scrutiny will have on Socail Media and on line news. They can't touch GNI.

They should focus on getting a credible Voters List.

I have to give you 100% on this.  

Django posted:

(GECOM) Media Monitoring Unit (MMU)

What effect their scrutiny will have on Socail Media and on line news. They can't touch GNI.

They should focus on getting a credible Voters List.

Now you taking like A Boss. Kudos. 

ksazma posted:

How come Guyana can't yet be ready for an election where only about 1/2 million people votes? UK ready for Dec 12, 2019 vote.

Because the UK updates its electoral list constantly. I had to fill in the form months ago, and then again last month. In Guyana it seems that the register is done once in a generation instead of on a regular basis.

On the other hand, while Guyana instituted a continuous registration program some 10 years ago aimed at keeping the list current, the lazy and corrupted politicians and citizens do nothing to make it effective. Add to that, Granger’s wicked objectives.

Canada was ready for elections in one month.  GECOM shenanigans have nothing to do with incompetence.  All of these actions are geared towards rigging with the Chairman sitting on top of the rigging stool, while waving her rigging wand silently.

Last edited by Bibi Haniffa

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

Very good Django.  Now, Please start the Quit Sophia Movement.

Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

It shouldn’t be difficult to do. Especially since those hundreds of years countries are willing to assist, free of charge. The problem is that wicked people can’t manipulate an organized system so they keep it unorganized. No different from what still takes place at government offices where processes are held up to solicit bribes.

Billy Ram Balgobin posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

Very good Django.  Now, Please start the Quit Sophia Movement.

Not only them , also add the Robb St movement.

Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What BS!  All of what you said!!

Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Baseman posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What BS!  All of what you said!!

Does is not sounds factual ?

Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Technology is replacing most of the processes. How come the GECOM list was not digitally updated? Granted Lowenfield might be computer ignorant, he should still ask for help. No, he was sitting there fleecing the taxpayers. It's in their DNA...entitlement.

skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Technology is replacing most of the processes. How come the GECOM list was not digitally updated? Granted Lowenfield might be computer ignorant, he should still ask for help. No, he was sitting there fleecing the taxpayers. It's in their DNA...entitlement.

Why didn’t the PPP do it?  Komputer bin deh round when dem bin deh in powah!

Baseman posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Technology is replacing most of the processes. How come the GECOM list was not digitally updated? Granted Lowenfield might be computer ignorant, he should still ask for help. No, he was sitting there fleecing the taxpayers. It's in their DNA...entitlement.

Why didn’t the PPP do it?  Komputer bin deh round when dem bin deh in powah!

Since 2008 , over 25,000 national identification cards wasn't uplifted , the names of the individuals still on the voters.

Django posted:
Baseman posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Technology is replacing most of the processes. How come the GECOM list was not digitally updated? Granted Lowenfield might be computer ignorant, he should still ask for help. No, he was sitting there fleecing the taxpayers. It's in their DNA...entitlement.

Why didn’t the PPP do it?  Komputer bin deh round when dem bin deh in powah!

Since 2008 , over 25,000 national identification cards wasn't uplifted , the names of the individuals still on the voters.

That’s ok!  Better that than people showing up and name not on the list!

The PNC stole some IDs and gave to foreign students, Haitians and under age voters who will vote!

Baseman posted:
Django posted:

Since 2008 , over 25,000 national identification cards wasn't uplifted , the names of the individuals still on the voters.

That’s ok!  Better that than people showing up and name not on the list!

The PNC stole some IDs and gave to foreign students, Haitians and under age voters who will vote!

No it's not !!! opens the door for fraud .

Django posted:
Baseman posted:
Django posted:

Since 2008 , over 25,000 national identification cards wasn't uplifted , the names of the individuals still on the voters.

That’s ok!  Better that than people showing up and name not on the list!

The PNC stole some IDs and gave to foreign students, Haitians and under age voters who will vote!

No it's not !!! opens the door for fraud .

How do?  You mean like what the PNC have done?

Django posted:
Baseman posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Technology is replacing most of the processes. How come the GECOM list was not digitally updated? Granted Lowenfield might be computer ignorant, he should still ask for help. No, he was sitting there fleecing the taxpayers. It's in their DNA...entitlement.

Why didn’t the PPP do it?  Komputer bin deh round when dem bin deh in powah!

Since 2008 , over 25,000 national identification cards wasn't uplifted , the names of the individuals still on the voters.

How can a person vote without a national ID card ?  Is other type of  ID accepted, if their name is on the voter's  list ? 

Baseman posted:
Django posted:
Baseman posted:
Django posted:

Since 2008 , over 25,000 national identification cards wasn't uplifted , the names of the individuals still on the voters.

That’s ok!  Better that than people showing up and name not on the list!

The PNC stole some IDs and gave to foreign students, Haitians and under age voters who will vote!

No it's not !!! opens the door for fraud .

How do?  You mean like what the PNC have done?

Let's assume they did , PPP wouldn't  been winning elections continuously , with their base decreasing.

Baseman posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:

It's disingenuous to compare hundreds of year old countries with a backwater fifty year old , where  leaders and head of institutions can't differentiate their head from their toes.

Most of the citizens are duped by these so called visionary leaders , damn even some of the migrated former citizens, to the hundreds of year old countries are also duped. In this modern age of technology they can't  efficiently keep records of under 800,000 people.

What ever happened to the millions spend by Winston Felix to update the system digitally with birth and immigration registration. 

Do the two systems linked to Electors database ? 

My understanding digitizing of birth and immigration records , is to move from the old paper record keeping.

Technology is replacing most of the processes. How come the GECOM list was not digitally updated? Granted Lowenfield might be computer ignorant, he should still ask for help. No, he was sitting there fleecing the taxpayers. It's in their DNA...entitlement.

Why didn’t the PPP do it?  Komputer bin deh round when dem bin deh in powah!

I didn't hear any complaints when PPP was running things.