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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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Jagdeo open to President suggesting instead of submitting names for GECOM Chairman

The Opposition Leader on Saturday dismissed the President’s position that he is also entitled to submit nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), but says he is flexible on unofficially discussing names that may be submitted by the Guyanese leader. “Notwithstanding and in an effort to find consensus, the Leader of the Opposition is not ...

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Jagdeo ready to meet Granger every day to appoint new GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has told President David Granger that he is ready for daily meetings to reach agreement on the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), following Monday’s resignation of James Patterson because the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that he was appointed unconstitutionally. “l wish on behalf of the Leader of the ...

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Jagdeo draws “red lines” on elections with existing voters’ list; appointing new GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday ruled out agreeing to extending the deadline by which general elections should be held, hours after a lawyer for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) told the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that a new house-to-house-generated voters list would not be ready until December 25. “What is non-negotiable is I going back to Parliament to ...

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