Guyana is going to elect a new president and a prime minister on Friday, after the first round of voting.
As a result, this election will be the first to take place since the nation’s first elections in the early 20th century.
Guyana’s elections are taking place on November 8, 2019.
The country was granted independence from Britain in 1959 and has had an elected president since 2008.
The first presidential election was held in 2017.
Here are the major takeaways from Guyana’s election:A new president will be chosen from among candidates who received at least 50 percent of the votes.
The top vote-getters will serve out their term in office for two years.
Guyans elections are being held in an open, transparent election.
The candidates’ names have been posted on a web portal, but the results of the vote are not public.
Elections are also open to the public.
Guyan electoral board members are not allowed to have any business dealings with foreign entities.
The election is being held for the second time in a row, as the country transitions from a parliamentary system to a more direct presidential system.
Guyana has never elected a president.