Thursday, November 24, 2011

Largest Trade Union grouping calls for Polling Day to be Public Holiday

THE majority workers’ grouping, The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) is calling on the administration, in conjunction with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to declare Election Day, Monday, November 28, 2011, a National Holiday. FITUG said this is in order for no voter, including FITUG’s 35,000 working members, to face any type of constraint which could possibly impede his or her right to vote on Monday.
FITUG, in a statement yesterday, also proposes that the day be declared a National Holiday by the Ministry of Home Affairs in good time.
It said the Hinterland residents will therefore have ample time to plan to get to their Polling Places and no employer anywhere will be in a position to impede or influence employees who wish to vote between the stipulated voting hours.
“The declaration in good time will afford government, private sector, commercial and educational facilities - many of them Polling Places to plan and adjust for this Polling Day Holiday,” FITUG said.

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