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APNU+AFC labels PSC a PPP “stooge” ; calls for elections audit, not mere recount

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) has labelled the Private Sector Commission (PSC) a “stooge” of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for insisting that a national recount would be a waste of time. This simplistic posture of the PSC, not only abrogates the transparency they claim to seek, but has removed the veil of neutrality in which it ...

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Private Sector Commission says total national recount “waste of time”

The Private Sector Commission (PSC), one of the local organisations that observed last month’s general elections, Monday night urged the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to abandon plans for a total national recount of the votes cast and instead focus on Region Four where a questionable tabulation and declared results were conducted. “It is the considered position of the PSC, after ...

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GECOM agrees to recall CARICOM team to “validate” recount; Chief Elections Officer to craft plan

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has agreed that a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) high-level team should return to “validate” the recount of last month’s general election votes, even as the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield prepares a recount plan, elections commissioner Vincent Alexander said Monday. “We have decided today that our preference in terms of an external body to give ...

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Trinidad’s Prime Minister has “a problem” with loose misinterpretation of CARICOM-supervision of recount; supports return of team

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley on Monday expressed concern that Guyana’s Court of Appeal in effect ruled that the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) breached Guyana’s laws by agreeing to supervise a recount of the country’s votes cast in last month’s general elections although the stated intention was never to interfere in the process. Recalling that the informal ...

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Guyana Court of Appeal rules that CARICOM-supervised recount is illegal

The Guyana Court of Appeal on Sunday ruled that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) cannot farm out its responsibilities such as the management and and supervision of general elections to anyone else. President of the Court, Justice Dawn Gregory said GECOM’s decision to act on an agreement by President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the Caribbean Community ...

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Business, religious, labour petition Inter-American Human Rights Commission to avert “political disaster” in Guyana

Twenty-five mainly private sector organisations have petitioned the United States (US)-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to pressure Guyanese authorities to recount votes in last month’s general elections under international supervision. “In all these circumstances, we urge you, Executive Secretary, to bring this petition urgently to the attention of the Commission to consider the situation in Guyana and to ...

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Trinidad’s Prime Minister concerned about CARICOM headquarters in politically unstable Guyana

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is very disappointed and very concerned about the political situation in Guyana, saying that political instability in the country of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) headquarters would not be good. Rowley shied away from giving his position on what would be CARICOM’s position if David Granger is sworn in again under a ...

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GECOM to put brake on recount after Court of Appeal decision on recount case

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will not activate plans for a recount of votes cast in last month’s general and regional elections until the Court of Appeal on Sunday rules on whether the High Court can legally hear a judicial review of the commission’s decision. Attorney-at-Law, Kim Kyte for GECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette Singh told the court that GECOM ...

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