The president of Guyana has announced the new date for national elections, which were delayed to give organizers more time to prepare.

President Bharrat Jagdeo said in a speech Friday that the vote for a new government will take place August 28.

He said security forces will be on full alert to guard against violence that has marred the election process in Guyana before. He also said the elections commission has assured him that each registered voter will have a vote, and one vote only.

President Jagdeo said hundreds of observers, both foreign and local, have signaled their intention to help with the upcoming polling.

National elections for the small South American nation were originally set for August 4.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.