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Daily Archives: March 18, 2016

Less than 50 percent turnout at Guyana’s Local Government Elections

Less than 50 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in Friday’s Local Government Elections, the first such polls in since 1994, authorities estimated. Various authoritative sources in Essequibo, Berbice and Georgetown estimate that the turnout was  in the 40s in most areas. Polls closed at 6 PM, paving the way for the counting of votes and the posting ...

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NGO calls for President to boot Volda Lawrence from Social Protection Ministry

  A local non-governmental organisation has taken to the streets in protest of Guyana’s Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and is calling for President David Granger replace her as the subject Minister. Red Thread on Friday picketed the Lamaha Street Office of Lawrence demanding that the Minister be disciplined for comments reportedly made in a case involving allegations of child ...

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Prisoners take to Facebook to complain about meals, treatment

Even as a Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison unrest is ongoing prisoners from the Georgetown Camp Street are taking to social media to voice their concerns over the treatment being meted out to them at the prison. Three known inmates of the Camp Street Prison have taken to social media, some to express their concerns about the ...

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Canadian gold mine spends big to allow workers to vote

A major Canadian-owned gold mining company is doing its part to ensure its workers located more than 200 kilometers away from the coastland can vote in Friday’s (March 18, 2016), Local Government Elections. Guyanese law requires employers to give their workers reasonable time to vote and that period should not include lunch-break. Sources said Guyana Goldfields is spending about US$50,000 ...

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PPPC consolidating East Indian support base

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo was Friday morning unequivocal that his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is first appealing to its traditional East Indian support base before reaching across to other segments of the society for political support-base. “There is no hidden agenda here. Everyone knows where the bulk of the support of the two parties come from – APNU and ...

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Jagdeo says “unintentional” still registered as “President” and ‘living’ at State House

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s occupation was given as “President” and his address as 52-53 Main Street, Georgetown when he went to cast his ballot, although he lives at north Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara. President David Granger said he voted at Enterprise Primary School, D’urban Backlands, Georgetown because State House at North Cummingsburg is not his permanent residence. Jagdeo dismissed questions about ...

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Very low turnout at Local Govt Elections

Voters were Friday morning trickling in to polling stations across several areas of Guyana to vote in Local Government Elections for the first time since 1994. “The process is fast and smooth. Lines are short and people are going in but it is not the kind of build-up like General Elections,” a resident on the East Bank Demerara who just ...

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Pres Granger casts ballot in historic LGE

Guyana’s Head of State David Granger was the first person to cast his ballot in a historic Local Goverment Elections (LGE) on Friday. The President along with First Lady Sandra Granger voted at Enterprise Primary School in Durban Backlands. Speaking to the media shortly after his ballot was cast, the President said that he believes the energy around LGE is ...

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