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Jagdeo says fundraising helping pay top US lobbying firm; shuts down media persistence on deal

General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday defended his party’s decision to hire a United States (US) public relations lobbying firm, Mercury Public Affairs, for $34 million to make out a solid case for free and fair elections in Guyana, saying that he was not concerned at all about its blemishes. “All the PPP wants ...

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Parliament to sit on April 26; no request for elections funds

The 65-seat National Assembly will be meeting on April 26, almost four months after the last sitting. However, according to the agenda released by Parliament Building on Wednesday, there is no request to finance General and Regional Elections. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, James Patterson, almost two months ago, formally told President David Granger that the Commission would need ...

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Police question Jagdeo about “chase them out” call

Police Wednesday morning sought to question Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo about allegedly inciting supporters at a recent campaign rally to “chase” out the President and other ministers if they entered communities after March 21 when national elections, prompted by a no-confidence motion, were due to be held. However, Jagdeo declined to respond orally to questions by Former Deputy Crime Chief ...

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UK-based Guyanese pensioner asks High Court to quash GECOM’s house-to-house registration

A private citizen has asked the High Court to quash planned house-to-house registration by the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Bibi Zenatoun, through her lawyer, Anil Nandlall, wants an injunction and a conservatory order to block the registration process which is expected to begin around June. “I am advised by my Attorneys-at-Law and do ...

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Guyana Chronicle accepts blame for erroneous citizenship notices; Citizenship Ministry not responsible for publications

The state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper on Thursday accepted responsibility for a mix-up in the publication of notices by foreigners who have applied to become Guyanese. “A mix-up in the computer system at the Advertising Department of the Guyana Chronicle was responsible for the incorrect names and photographs of persons seeking naturalisation status here being published recently,” the newspaper quoted Donna ...

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Jagdeo flags suspicious citizen registration publications; Minister says his department’s not associated

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday raised concerns about what he said were duplicate publications of photographs with different names and addresses of persons seeking Guyanese citizenship. He flayed the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services for what he believed were the registration of hundreds or thousands of foreign nationals as Guyanese as part of a ...

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PPP elections commissioner plans to block house-to-house registration

Opposition-nominated elections commissioner, Robeson Benn has threatened to take Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield to court to block the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from conducting house-to-house registration. Through his Attorney-at-law, Anil Nandlall, Benn said house-to-house registration would introduce residency status as a new condition to be registered and that would result in thousands of overseas-based Guyanese being unable to vote. ...

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PPP supporters to scrutinise house-to-house registration

Even as the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) and its three Guyana Elections Commissioners (GECOM) continue to object to house-to-house registration on the basis that it is not a legal requirement, PPPC supporters would be overseeing the process when it begins, a top party official said. General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo has said his party would take steps to ensure the ...

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Harmon, Nandlall differ on house-to-house registration disenfranchising overseas-based Guyanese

The Guyana government on Friday rubbished claims that thousands of overseas-based Guyanese could be disenfranchised if their names are removed from the current voters’ list through house-to-house registration. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said overseas-based Guyanese could not be registered if they are not at their residences when enumerators of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) conduct registration. “If you reside ...

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