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Election date up to Granger; Jagdeo after stalemate on GECOM readiness

President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo would now have to decide on a timeframe for holding general elections following last month’s passage of a no-confidence motion, after their emissaries got no clear indication from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on when elections could be held. Already, the Opposition Leader has said he would be willing to strike a ...

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No Elections Commission decision on poll readiness; deadlock on voter list clean-up

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday failed to reach consensus on a timeframe for holding general elections, the result of the passage of the no-confidence motion in December, leaving the final decision up to the politicians. A major sticking point is whether a claims and objections period should be held to remove those who should not be on ...

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More aircraft, boats for GDF; no place for low endurance soldiers – Granger

The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, President David Granger, on Thursday announced that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) would be getting more aircraft, including drones, this year. Addressing the opening of the 2019 Annual GDF Officers’ Conference, Granger said some of the GYD$14 billion allocated to the GDF this year would be used to purchase “light transport aircraft” as well ...

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Greenidge, US Deputy Secretary of State discuss Guyana’s “upcoming” general elections

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on Wednesday discussed Guyana’s “upcoming national elections” and security matters related to the political instability in neighbouring Venezuela, a State Department spokesman said. The Guyana Government has not definitively stated whether elections would be held this year, but both the governing A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance ...

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Harmon, PNCR support Granger for a second term

General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon has endorsed President David Granger for a second term, days after the party officially announced that Granger would be contesting the next general elections. “It is with a deep sense of pride that I endorse David Arthur Granger to be the Coalition’s Presidential Candidate for a second term,” he ...

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Two arrested for gunning down taxi driver

Two hospitalised men were arrested Wednesday for the gunning down a taxi driver on the East Bank Demerara Public Road as he was heading home with his wife and daughter, police said. Dead is 38-year old Kelvin Walters of 242 Forshaw Street, Queenstown, Georgetown. The incident occurred at about 7:20 Tuesday night at Eccles, East Bank Demerara. One of the men was ...

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Telecoms retirees ratchet up gov’t demands for correct pensions

The Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers  Union (GPTWU) and phone company pensioners, several with more than 50 years of service, on Wednesday demanded that the Ministry of Finance publicly prove that they are receiving their correct pensions in keeping with their unbroken service. GPTWU President Harold  Shepherd said the union and the pensioners’ association have given government one week to ...

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Timothy Jonas wasn’t withdrawn from Senior Counsel list for political reasons. “He just has to wait”- AG Williams

Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday denied that the withdrawal of the conferral of Senior Counsel on Attorney-at-Law, Timothy Jonas had to do with Jonas’ years of experience and not because he had entered the political arena. “I doubt that. We don’t operate like that. That might be coincidence. How do you know that he is entering the fray? It ...

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ExxonMobil still awaiting Liza 2 environmental permit; EPA examining paperwork

ExxonMobil’s  environmental permit for the Liza Phase 2 development project is yet to be approved by Guyana’s environmental watchdog as it scrutinises the oil giant’s permit application, official sources said. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the agency was not entirely satisfied with a number of conflicting statements in the voluminous document that was ...

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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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