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Chief Elections Officer to inform GECOM about readiness timelines

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday asked the Chief Elections Officer to come up with timelines for holding the next general elections before the Commission could meet with the opposition and government representatives and inform them of its readiness. The three Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)-nominated election commissioners, Robeson Benn, Sase Gunraj, and Bibi Shadick told reporters that GECOM’s ...

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Teixeira, Chandrapal back PPP/C Irfaan Ali presidential candidacy

Top People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) executive members Gail Teixeira and Indra Chandrapal have come out in full support of Irfaan Ali as their party’s presidential candidate. “Irfaan Ali won a democratic process and will receive the full support of his comrades,” said Chandrapal. On Monday night, she described Frank Anthony, who pulled out of the race last week Saturday because ...

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Jagdeo confirms Irfan Ali was his choice for PPP presidential candidacy

Ending months of speculation about who was his preferred pick for the presidential candidacy, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo Sunday evening admitted that he had all along had his eyes set on Irfan Ali who was elected one day before. Addressing what he called a “spontaneous” political meeting at Ali’s home-village in the PPP heartland ...

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OPINION: An Irfan Ali Presidency would be a Jagdeo 4th term

By David Hinds First, I am not surprised that Mr. Irfan Ali won by such a wide margin. He was clearly the choice of the PPP’s maximum leader, and the leader’s preference on such matters holds sway with many in the party’s leadership. Second, Ali’s selection indicates very clearly that should the PPP win the election, it will continue the ...

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Retired Brigadier Phillips, among others, touted for PPP prime ministerial candidate

Former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips on Sunday suggested he is “available” to enter the political arena. When asked whether he has been approached to become the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Phillips insisted that he would not be responding to “rumours”. Pressed on whether he would ...

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Irfan Ali is PPP/C presidential candidate

Embattled People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Central Committee member, Irfan Ali, was Saturday elected to be his party’s presidential candidate, party sources said. Ali, a Bharrat Jagdeo favourite, beat Anil Nandlall 24-11, sources said. Insiders said Gail Teixeira, Frank Anthony and Vindhya Persaud withdrew from the race. Anthony left in the company of fellow Central Committee member, Indra Chandrapal in his ...

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Gov’t clamps down on unlicensed day care facilities

The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) is urging day care service providers to get their facilities registered by March or face closure. Head of the CPA, Ann Greene said persons who are desirous of registering their day care facility must possess a valid Police Clearance and Food Handlers Certificate. She added that the facilities will be Inspected by the Fire ...

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Guyana needs to be ready for any emergency in mass gathering – Civil Defence Commission Dir. General

As the government moves to ensure the safety of all Guyanese, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) completed a national policy on Mass Casualty Management (MCM) and Incident Command Systems (ICS). the CDC will be taking steps to implement the policy countrywide. Acting Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig said that Guyana, like any other country, is vulnerable ...

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All AFC candidates had declared they weren’t dual citizens

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday said the party had asked expelled parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud and other candidates whether they were foreign citizens, but Persaud never admitted to being a Canadian. “My predecessor and the other persons that were asked have confirmed that at a point in time the party did ask about citizenship and part of that is ...

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