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Caribbean Airlines quarantines crew on flight with Guyanese woman afflicted with coronavirus

In the wake of the death of a Guyanese woman from the coronoavirus (Covid-19) days after she travelled from New York, Caribbean Airlines today said the 13 crew members who were on that flight have been self-quarantined in Trinidad. The woman travelled on March 7 on BW 521 from JFK International Airport to Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport in transit on ...

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US likely sanctions on Guyana politicians, electoral officials over unverified election results

The United States (U.S.) on Thursday hinted at possible sanctions on Guyanese officials and politicians if the results of the March 2, 2020 general elections are not verified. Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak warned on Twitter that “Under U.S. law and practice those who participate and benefit from electoral ...

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Caricom leaders say “every vote must count” in Guyana’s elections; calls on Returning Officer to abide by High Court ruling

A team of Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders left Guyana Thursday after attempting to mediate in a dispute over the results for the March 2, 2020 general elections, saying that “every vote must count.” “Any attempt to stall the process or any attempt to obfuscate the process is one that runs against the spirit of the Chief Justice’s judgement and it ...

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GECOM suspends vote count as PPP prepares to file contempt of court against Returning Officer

Reconciliation of the votes cast in Region Four did not begin on Thursday after stakeholders objected to the Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo’s use of spreadsheets instead of the Statements of Poll (SOPs), a move that triggered preparations of contempt of court proceedings by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) lawyer, Anil Nandlall. Noting that the stakeholders present on Thursday at the ...

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Guyana records first “imported case” of Coronavirus; President Granger discourages “public gatherings”

President David Granger Wednesday night announced that a 52-year-old Guyanese woman, who returned from the United States (US) on March 5, died on Wednesday – six days later – is Guyana’s first “imported case of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mr Granger said the woman, who went to a government-owned health care and treatment institution, had uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension. ...

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PPP wants Caricom to oversee vote verification, recount

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday night said he told several leaders of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) here in Guyana that the regional grouping could assist in overseeing a recount of votes cast in Region Four if reconciliation of statements of poll show glaring discrepancies. “Caricom can help to ensure that there is a proper verification, and verification, as provided for ...

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High Court scraps Region Four votes declaration, orders GECOM to conduct recount

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Wednesday ordered the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to restart or continue the verification of the results for Region Four from Thursday at 11 am. She issued that and several other orders because she found that GECOM’s Returning Officer for Region Four had caused “substantial non-compliance” with the Representation of the People Act concerning the addition ...

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United Kingdom willing to help resolve Guyana’s election controversy

United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab on Tuesday offered Guyana to help resolve the election-related controversy over the vote count in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), the most populous of the country’s ten administrative regions. “We stand ready to offer assistance to ensure a credible election result is produced,” he said in a statement. Mr Raab’s full statement follows: The United ...

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WPA says will abide by court decision; condemns PPP for stoking unrest

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) — one of the parties in the governing APNU+AFC coalition — on Tuesday said it would abide by the High Court’s ruling on whether the Region Four election results should be verified or declared, even as it reiterated its historical call for power-sharing. “In the circumstances WPA deliberately refrains from commenting on the matters before ...

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Caricom leaders head to Guyana to mediate in post-elections unrest

Days after saying the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) was ready to mediate in an election-related political dispute that saw an outbreak of unrest and violence, Chairperson, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley will be leading a delegation of regional leaders to Guyana on Wednesday. “In an effort to ease tension in the country and assist in arriving at a resolution to ...

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