Chief Elections Officer, Guyana Elections Commission
Keywords: voter education, registration audit, media relations, electronic voting, election schedules, election management body, donor relations, codes of conduct, voter registration
Interviewer(s): Varanya Chaubey
Country of Reform: Guyana
Location: GECOM Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana
Date: Thu May 21 2009
Gocool Boodoo discusses his personal path to his position as chief elections officer of the Guyana Elections Commission, as well as his reflections on the institutionalization of practices, policies, and procedures that account for the relative success of the 2006 electoral process in Guyana. Boodoo notes the benefits of institutional memory with the implementation of a permanent staff for the commission and secretariat, and he highlights the importance of transparency at every level of the organization and every stage of the electoral process, from registration to voting day to declaration of results. The emphasis he places on technology for organizing and sharing information, including registration forms and polling results, reflects his feeling that electronic voting will be a reality in Guayana at some point in the near future. The roles of technology, particularly for the sharing of information with regional organizations and internally, as well as the importance of a valid electoral roll are the central focus of the interview. The interview concludes with a brief discussion of constituency delimitation in the late 2009 local elections, including a proposal before Parliament of a mixed proportional representation and "first past the post" sytem.
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At the time of this interview, Gocool Boodoo was chief elections officer at the Guyana Elections Commission. He previously served in various public relations and administrative capacities at the commission. Prior to his work at the Commission, he was the head of the Department of Foundations and Administration for the School of Education at the local university. His initial work with the commission was in the preparation of training and policy manuals for electoral workers. After serving as deputy commissioner for administration, in 2001 he became chief elections officer, and he supervised both the March 2001 and 2006 national elections.