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President Granger calls for “political cooperation” to ensure “credible” elections this year

President David Granger on Friday cited the need for opposition support to aid him in setting a date for “credible” general elections at the “earliest possible date”, as the 90-day timeframe after the passage of the no-confidence motion expires next week Thursday. “They demand political cooperation, not confrontation,” he said in a pre-recorded address to the nation, from the Ministry ...

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Private criminal charge against elections commissioners dismissed

Indictable criminal charges of conspiracy by three Elections Commissioners to breach Guyana’s Constitution were dismissed by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The three Guyana Elections Commissioners, all government-appointed, are Charles Corbin, Vincent Alexander and Desmond Trotman. Attorney-at-law Sanjeev Datadin, who filed the private criminal charges on behalf of Civil Engineer Marcel Gaskin, said the High Court would be asked to compel ...

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More controversy over GECOM’s decision leading up to general elections

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is embroiled in fresh controversy over the timeframe for holding general elections, with the opposition party-appointed commissioners denying that voting was underway on house-to-house registration and the ruling APNU+AFC-backed commissioners stating that the motion was passed. The three opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) elections commissioners – Sase Gunraj, Bibi Shadick and Robeson Benn – ...

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Jagdeo, US President Carter in talks on Guyana’s political situation; Jagdeo says no double-standard on international help

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Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday disclosed that he and former US President, Jimmy Carter of the Carter Centre held telephone discussions last week, but the former Guyanese leader declined to give any details. Jagdeo said he preferred to await another discussion with Carter after he and President David Granger had spoken. “I thought it’s necessary for Guyanese to know ...

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Roman Catholic’s Father Keith Hardless dies

The Roman Catholic community in Guyana was Thursday plunged into mourning with the passing of one of its well-known priests, Father Keith Hardless. He was 75 years old. Father Carl Philadelphia told Demerara Waves Online News that Hardless died at about 4:20 am at Balwant Singh Hospital. He had been in and out of hospital in recent months due to ...

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Lawyer asks Court of Appeal to step in and set election date timeframe

As the 90-day deadline for early elections triggered by a no-confidence motion is set to expire next week, the Guyana Court of Appeal was Wednesday asked to set a new period within which the polls must be held. Attorney-at-Law, Kamal Ramkarran, who is representing political commentator Christopher Ram in a no-confidence motion-related case, urged the three-member panel of judges to ...

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President asks GECOM for work programme to fix election date

President David Granger Wednesday wrote to Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson requesting that the Commission present him with a work programme in the shortest possible time. In his missive to Justice Patterson, the President noted it is essential that he is informed of the Commission’s readiness to deliver credible elections in Guyana. “I urge ...

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United States points to “genuinely free and fair elections”; Guyana reiterates “non-interference”

Newly-appointed United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch on Wednesday said the US would back free and fair general and regional elections. “Moving forward, we will continue to encourage genuinely free and fair elections, freedom of speech and assembly, multiparty representation and a constitutional judiciary process,” she said immediately after presenting her credentials to President David Granger. Ambassador Lynch’s ...

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Senior Counsel Miles Fitzpatrick dies

Prominent Senior Counsel and former politician, Miles Fitzpatrick died Tuesday night at his residence after a period of illness, his son Garry Fitzpatrick confirmed. He was 83 years old. No date has been set yet for his final rites, but his son said “we’re going to have a public memorial and the cremation will be private.” Asked how best will ...

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Kuwait funding study to improve Belfield to Rosignol road

Residents of more than 27 villages along Belfield, East Coast Demerara, to Rosignol, West Coast Berbice, can look forward to improved road access and connectivity as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) moves to start a technical and economic feasibility study for the redesign of the road network. The redesign feasibility study for that stretch of the road will be ...

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