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Commonwealth observers to watch counting, election results management

Coming on the heels of the United States Carter Centre calling on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to clarify to stakeholders its vote tabulation procedures, a Commonwealth Observer Mission says it will be overseeing Guyana’s vote counting and results management, and all the other aspects of next week Monday’s general elections. “On Election Day, we will observe the opening, voting, ...

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Sir Shridath Ramphal appeals for national unity ahead of elections, World Court hearings on border controversy case

A leading member of Guyana’s legal team in the world court’s case on the border controversy with Venezuela on Thursday appealed for national unity as the country heads into general elections and prepares for oral hearings in The Hague in the Netherlands. Sir Shridath Ramphal, who is one of the two persons authorised to act on behalf of the Guyana ...

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Carter Centre calls on GECOM to clarify vote tabulation procedures, allow party scrutineers and observers

The Carter Centre on Thursday called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to make clear the procedures for tabulating results of the March 2 general elections. “The Carter Center has been discussing the tabulation procedures with GECOM’s secretariat and feels that the procedures in place appear to follow the legal provisions. However, the Center is concerned that the procedures have ...

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GuySuCo calls for release of funds as production falls to 90,000 tonnes

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Thursday called for the release of much needed funds to halt a further decline of the state-owned industry that produced a mere 90,246 tonnes of sugar last year due to mechanical problems, bad weather and strikes. “The industry will continue to face challenges to achieving reliability in the factories if operation capital investments continue ...

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Granger-led coalition “likely” to win next “close” election -US Congress report

The United States Congressional Research Service (CRS), a think-tank for the United States (U.S.) Congress, says some analysts believe that the David Granger-led coalition is likely to win next year’s general elections. “Past general elections in Guyana suggest the 2020 race will be close, but some analysts contend the APNU/AFC’s multiparty and cross-ethnic coalition is likely to sustain the Granger ...

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Foreign Ministry wary of Venezuela’s possible arm-twisting in G-77

There are fears in some quarters of Guyana’s Foreign Ministry that Venezuela may seek to obstruct Guyana from raising the border controversy and any other bilateral matter in the Group of 77 under the chairmanship of Georgetown. The official ceremony for the handover of the G-77 chairmanship from Palestine, which served in the capacity in 2019, to Guyana, will be ...

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Guyana without Ambassador to Venezuela

Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge on Friday confirmed that several of Guyana’s Ambassadors and High Commissioners, including the key post of Venezuela, have been sent home. Mr. Greenidge says Cheryl Miles will be serving as Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela until December 31, 2019 after which she and others would be let go from the Foreign ...

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United States financing humanitarian aid to Venezuelan refugees in Guyana

The United States (U.S.) says it has provided nearly US$4 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan refugees in Guyana since fiscal Year 2017. “Funding includes increasing Venezuelans’ access to legal status, promoting social integration in host communities, and improving support and access to social services,” the American embassy in Georgetown said in a brief statement. The U.S. disclosure coincides with ...

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United States disassociates itself from political scientist’s dated, private comments on Guyana

The United States on Tuesday disassociated itself from dated, private comments by American Political Science Professor Robert Evan Ellis who has forecast a likely victory for the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at the next general elections. The diplomatic mission said Ellis’ comments “in no way reflect an official position” and he had written those “last April before his employment ...

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