Calvin Benn

Deputy Commissioner of the National Registration and Deputy Chief Election Officer of Operations
Guyana Elections Commission
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Interviewers: 
Varanya Chaubey
Country of Reform: 
Guyana
Town/City: 
Georgetown
Country: 
Guyana
Date of Interview: 
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Abstract 

Calvin Benn of the Guyana Elections Commission recounts the depth and breadth of his experience in the administration and management of Guyana's national elections, particularly focusing on the successes of the 2006 election process.  In his capacity with the commission, Benn oversaw the registration of voters and administration of polling places, including the distribution of polling supplies, recruitment and training of poll workers, and vote counting and verification.  Benn shares some relatively straightforward approaches to resolving voting day challenges, including simulation exercises, acquainting poll workers and security forces with polling places, the training of political party polling "scrutineers," the shipment of polling supplies, and the procedure for vote counting.  The interview can be broken into two related but distinct parts: Benn's role as the administrator of the polling process and his related but separate responsibility overseeing a continuous registration process for national identification cards for purposes that include but are not limited to voting registration. 

Case Study:  Cooling Ethnic Conflict Over a Heated Election: Guyana, 2001-2006

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At the time of this interview, Calvin Benn was the deputy commissioner of national registration and deputy chief election officer of operations at the Guyana Elections Commission.  He became a full-time employee of the commission secretariat in 2000, having served the organization since 1975 in various part-time positions.  He previously taught and worked for the the Ministry of Education.  His experience with administration of elections in Guyana includes local, district, and national elections.  He oversaw the continuous registration process as well as a house-to-house registration verification exercise. 

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Guyanese
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Keywords 
voter fraud
Staff Performance
communications
rural voter registration
codes of conduct
election security
training
results declaration
polling supplies
Election Management Body
vote counting
recruitment
Voter Registration