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Backgrounder: Key facts about Guyana's general elections


15:37, November 28, 2011

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Close to 476,000 people in the small coastal South American nation of Guyana will go to the polls on Monday to elect a new president and 65 members to the national parliament under a single-constituency proportional representation system.

Following are some key facts about the elections:

Voting will start early morning in the capital of Georgetown and over 2,000 polling stations have been set up across the country.

The country covers an area of 214,970 square km and borders Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil. Its economy is dominated by agriculture.

Guyana's incumbent president Bharrat Jagdeo and leaders of all four parties contesting in the elections have all called upon the country's population of over 753,000 people to refrain from violence and allow for a peaceful voting process.

In office since 1999, Jagdeo took the initiative to change the constitution and establish a limit for a maximum of two five-year terms as president.

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