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Carter Centre team meets GECOM, APNU delegation

The US-based Carter Center has dispatched a fact-finding mission to Guyana at a time when the Government, the Opposition and their election commissioners are at a stalemate over giving the go-ahead to prepare for general elections. Earlier Monday, the Carter Center mission met with the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, James Patterson and the ...

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No general elections by March 20; poll preparations will take 148 days

Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield on Friday ruled out General Elections being held by March 20, 2019, saying that he has been awaiting the green light since January to begin preparations. “Today is the 8th (of January). You haven’t said anything to me yet. If you communicate to me, I move,” Lowenfield told a news conference. Deputy Chief Elections ...

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Jagdeo may agree to extend 90-day election deadline

Guyana’s main Opposition People’s Progressive Party Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday left the door open for extending the three-month deadline by which general elections should be held. Jagdeo told a news conference that “only if I see good faith measures” on the government’s part would he lend his party’s support to the ruling coalition for a two-thirds parliamentary approval of ...

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AFC, PPP shrug off claims of State resources being used for political activism

As Guyana’s elections campaign slowly heats up, the use of State resources is again taking centre stage after the governing coalition and the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were seen using materials funded by the public purse. The Alliance For Change (AFC), the coalition partner, and the PPP on Wednesday defended their decisions to do so. Last week Saturday, AFC ...

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Harmon appeals Chief Justice’s decision on no-confidence motion

General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon on Wednesday filed two appeals challenging Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire’s decisions that the no-confidence motion was validly passed by the National Assembly last December. In the first case, Harmon enjoined private citizen Compton Reid against House Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland, then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud who voted for the ...

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Attorney General appeals Chief Justice ruling on no-confidence motion; private sector demands elections now

Attorney General Basil Williams has filed an appeal against Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire’s decisions in which she found that the no-confidence motion was validly passed and the President and Cabinet ought to have resigned immediately. Williams, who named House Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as the respondents, said the Chief Justice “erred and misdirected herself in ...

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International pressure mounts on Guyana over no-confidence motion

A day after the Guyana Government deemed the United Nations (UN) position on the no-confidence motion “premature”, the European Union on Monday called for the swift filing and hearing of an appeal to the High Court’s decision that the motion was validly passed. “The Delegation of the European Union welcomes the expeditious handling of the related court cases so far ...

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General elections could be held earliest in July – GECOM technical experts

The Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) technical experts have advised the seven-member commissioners that the earliest general elections could be held is July 2019, with the other option being in another four to six months after house-to-house registration is completed. Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield told reporters Monday that he presented copies of the work-plans to members of the Operations Sub-Committee. ...

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Granger praises Harmon’s “energy and vision”

President David Granger on Sunday sought to dispel talk that he has not been on the best of terms with Minister of State Joseph Harmon over the past several months. Addressing supporters at the official opening of the brand new Region 3 headquarters of the¬†People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the party leader repeatedly lauded Harmon for his “energy and vision”. ...

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