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Christopher Ram asks High Court to stop house-to-house registration

The High Court will Tuesday begin hearing a request by Attorney-at-Law and political commentator, Christopher Ram on whether to block the Guyana Elections Commission from going ahead with house-to-house registration. Through his lawyers, Ram also wants the court to issue a Conservatory Order compelling the Guyana Elections Officer, Chief Election Officer and/or the Commissioner of National Registration to “immediately take ...

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Irfaan Ali refuses to give up PPP presidential candidacy after High Court rules he must face fraud charges

Opposition People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Irfaan Ali on Friday vowed to remain in the race for the presidency, although the High Court recently ruled that he must face trial for allegedly conspiring to defraud government of a total of GYD$174 million by selling land below their valued prices. “Not one bit! I’m not stepping aside at all. I’m here to ...

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5 charged with murder of money changer, daughter

Five men were Monday charged with the murder of a money changer and his daughter outside their Better Hope, East Coast Demerara home. Jointly charged with the murder of Aaron Latchman and Arian Latchman at Robb Street, Better Hope are Lloyd Sadalou, 37, of Mocha, East Bank Demerara; Seon Thomas, 41, an electrician; Mark Futino, 35, of Parika, East Bank ...

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Caribbean Court says Granger’s gov’t in “caretaker” mode, elections must be determined locally

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday ruled that it is for Guyana’s President, Opposition Leader, Parliament and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to determine when General Elections should be held. On the appointment of a GECOM chair, the CCJ urged that, as a matter of the greatest public importance, “the President and the Leader of the Opposition should, ...

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PPP asks CCJ to order swift appointment of GECOM Chair, general elections on Sept 18 with same voters list

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, through his lawyers, have asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to order that President David Granger name September 18 as election day, and his party wants the regional court to order that a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be appointed in three days. “In order to facilitate such an election, the President shall ...

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President blocks imprisonment of Finance Minister; GRA claims GYD$527m in taxes from Dipcon

President David Granger on Monday blocked Finance Minister Winston Jordan from going to jail for 21 days for contempt of court for failing to pay Dipcon Engineering Services Limited US$2.2. million plus costs in keeping with a court order that dated back to 2009 under the previous administration. “Now, therefore, by virtue of the powers vested in me under Article ...

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Guyana gov’t asks Caribbean Court to leave elections up to Parliament, GECOM, President, Opposition Leader

The Guyana government wants the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to rule that it cannot direct when general elections should be held and that if Parliament fails to extend the timeframe, the President should name elections date after a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is appointed and advises him of its readiness. “If this Court orders that ...

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Drug treatment court to be established; Twelve Tribes Rasta group opposes immediate marijuana legalisation

Even as the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rastafarian group urged government not to legalise marijuana, the Guyana government announced that a drug treatment court would be established and would work closely with three government ministries. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in making the announcement at a government outreach at Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, said government demonstrated political will to remove ...

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Jagdeo’s overture to Granger a “starting point” for consensual GECOM Chairman – WPA

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Saturday welcomed Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s willingness to allow President David Granger to float names for the possible appointment of a new chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), but cautioned against whittling away Jagdeo’s constitutional role. “We think that’s a starting point and the Opposition Leader should be commended for taking that position, ...

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