Trip Start Jun 27, 2006
11Trip End Dec 23, 2006
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From what I understand, this racial polarization of politics is rooted in Guyanas short history since independence 40 something years ago. The first real elections were held in 1992 when the PPP, the Indo-guyanese party came to power
I was paired with Javier Reyes, a Bolivian from the IDB. We were assigned a driver, Shaheed and given 17 polling stations to cover over the course of the day. They ranged from schools and nurseries to private shops and even people's houses. It was an exhausting day. We had to be there for the setup before the opening of the polls at 6am. And we remained at one station for the counting process which went on until 11pm. During the day we made our rounds of the assigned stations, making brief visits to ensure proper procedures were being followed and to fill out a lot of paperwork.
Since the election the city has been eerily quiet, but there has been no violence and the election process was observed to be transparent and open.
An article on the election. The OAS observer mission is mentioned.