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Regional declaration of election results still “stand” -GECOM secretariat

Despite repeated claims by members of the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) that the 10 districts’ declarations of results were no longer valid, the Commission Secretariat said those official results were still valid. “The declarations for all regions still stand until replaced by a new count,” GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News. In ...

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BREAKING: Veteran trade unionist and politician, Komal Chand dies

Veteran Guyanese trade unionist and parliamentarian for several decades for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Komal Chand died on Wednesday in Cuba, officials said. He was 75 years old. Up to the time of his death, he was President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). Assistant General Secretary of GAWU, Aslim Singh said Chand had been in ...

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APNU+AFC labels PSC a PPP “stooge”; calls for elections audit, not mere recount

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) has labelled the Private Sector Commission (PSC) a “stooge” of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for insisting that a national recount would be a waste of time. This simplistic posture of the PSC, not only abrogates the transparency they claim to seek, but has removed the veil of neutrality in which it ...

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GRA announces more tax relief measures due to COVID-19

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday announced a range of additional tax relief measures that will assist Guyanese as the country grapples with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax relief, the entity stated, will support businesses and individuals who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by the threat of the virus. Among the relief measures are: Removal ...

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Doctors getting COVID-19 lab results quicker after filing objections; Medical Council warns against delays

Doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are now receiving COVID-19 laboratory results in a timely manner, rather than having to wait 48 hours, according to the hospital’s Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey. “We have a medium now that is assisting us in getting the results in a more timely manner,” he told News-Talk Radio ...

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Drag racer is 5th COVID-19 death

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence on Monday night confirmed a fifth death in Guyana as a result of COVID-19. The deceased is a male, Deryck Jaisingh, from Region Four who passed away at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation earlier Monday evening. Jaisingh, known as ‘Mad Dog’ was a drag racer. The Ministry of Public Health and the Government of ...

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Guyana’s tourism sector loses earnings, jobs since COVID-19; appeal issued for govt relief

The coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken a toll on Guyana’s tourism sector, resulting in a 46-percent decline in earnings and a 30-percent loss of jobs to date, according to the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). The authority, which is a semi-autonomous government agency, predicted that 50 percent of tourism businesses would have to close their doors permanently if they do not get ...

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Private Sector Commission says total national recount “waste of time”

The Private Sector Commission (PSC), one of the local organisations that observed last month’s general elections, Monday night urged the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to abandon plans for a total national recount of the votes cast and instead focus on Region Four where a questionable tabulation and declared results were conducted. “It is the considered position of the PSC, after ...

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GECOM agrees to recall CARICOM team to “validate” recount; Chief Elections Officer to craft plan

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has agreed that a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) high-level team should return to “validate” the recount of last month’s general election votes, even as the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield prepares a recount plan, elections commissioner Vincent Alexander said Monday. “We have decided today that our preference in terms of an external body to give ...

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