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Granger might remain in office out of “necessity” if no elections deal with Jagdeo, but contracts, orders will be questionable – panel

President David Granger and his government might remain in office as a matter of “necessity” if he does not first give into Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s demands to name an election date first before the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) support to extend the 90-day time-frame within which Guyanese must go to the polls, officials said. “The debate arises: what happens ...

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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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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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GECOM Chairman, coalition commissioners criminally charged with violating Guyana’s constitution

The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice James Patterson and that body’s three coalition-appointed commissioners were Tuesday charged criminally with violating Guyana’s constitution, resulting in a failure to hold general elections within 90 days of the passage of a no-confidence motion. The private criminal charge was filed by well-known Civil Engineer and activist, Marcel Gaskin. In a ...

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Guyanese lawyer concerned about perceived bias involving Grenadian lawyer in no-confidence motion case

Concerns are being raised about perceived bias involving a Guyana Government-hired lawyer in the appeal of a High Court decision on the no-confidence motion, on the grounds that he is a member of the body that hires and fires judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Guyanese Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin told Demerara Waves Online News that Grenadian Sir Francis ...

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