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GECOM Chairman instructs Chief Elections Officer to compile new report with certified recounted “valid” votes

The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Thursday instructed Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to present a report based on the results from the national vote recount including the certified district results. Quoting the Election Laws Act, that “you are subject to the direction and control of the Elections Commission,”  she asked him to ...

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GECOM to meet Friday for next steps after CCJ ruling; PPP blames APNU for delaying tactic

by Samuel Sukhnandan Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are expected to meet on Friday to discuss the  way forward for the 2020 election following Wednesday’s ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward confirmed with News Talk Radio/Demerara Waves Online today that GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh has communicated this information to all six ...

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CCJ reaffirmed as Guyana’s final court in election case ruling – pollster

by Samuel Sukhnandan While A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parties are disappointed with the judgement handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday in the election case, political scientist and Caribbean pollster, Peter Wickham feels that the court has reaffirmed its place as the final court of Guyana. Speaking during a live panel discussion ...

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Gold Board predicts reduced gold declaration due to COVID-19 shutdown in Aranka, Moruca

by Samuel Sukhnandan The Guyana Gold Board (GGB) says it foresees annual gold declaration being negatively impacted if the recent  government shutdown of mining in Aranka/Arangoy (Region Seven) and Moruca (Region One) is extended. The shutdown in those areas took effect from July 3 and is expected to last until July 16.  The decision was taken given the recent rise ...

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Storm causes damage, power outages; Civil Defence assessing impact

by Samuel Sukhnandan Several communities were Wednesday affected by power outages, flooding and some homes  were left with damaged roofs due to the severe weather experienced on Wednesday morning. The Civil Defense Commission (CDC) is currently conducting an assessment of the specific impact each  administrative region had, Senior Response Officer, Captain Salim October told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/ Demerara ...

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US calls on GECOM to declare results based on recounted votes

United States (US) Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak on Wednesday called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to declare results of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections based on the national vote recount. “The Caribbean Court has ruled. It’s time for GECOM to declare the winner of Guyana’s election based on the ...

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Chief Elections Officer unlikely to budge on results based on Caribbean Court ruling – Political Scientist

Political Scientist Peter Wickham on Wednesday said he did not expect the Chief Election Officer, Keith Lowenfield to present results to the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) based on pronouncements by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) of what constitutes valid votes and the settlement of grievance through an elections petition. “I am confident that he will say that there ...

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CCJ scraps Chief Elections Officer’s report that gave APNU+AFC victory

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday scrapped the Chief Election Officer, Keith Lowenfield’s report that shows the governing coalition was expected to declare A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) the winner of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders said categorically in its unanimous decision by the panel of judges ...

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Political Scientists predict continued stalemate after CCJ ruling

by Samuel Sukhnandan There is a strong likelihood that the political stalemate in Guyana could continue if the election matter is not immediately addressed after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling later Wednesday. This is the view shared by two Guyana-born political scientists, Dr. David Hinds and Dr. Baytoram Ramharack. However, both men have different views on how this issue should ...

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Some North-West residents do not believe COVID-19 is real

By Samuel Sukhnandan Despite a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in Barima-Waini (Region 1) and the recent lockdown imposed by the authorities, residents of Santa Rosa took to the streets on Tuesday to protest the decision, while simultaneously voicing their disbelief. Reports are that some of the protestors think that the lockdown is too stringent and that COVID-19 is not real. ...

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