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Failure to appoint constitutional service commissions a “deficit”- Ramjattan

Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan Thursday admitted that government’s failure to appoint several constitutional commissions was unsatisfactory but he stopped short of openly criticising the government or explaining the reasons. Yet to be appointed are the Integrity Commission, Ethnic Relations Commission, Local Government Commission, Human Rights Commission and more recently the Teaching Service Commission, Police Service ...

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AFC opposes delaying general elections for constitutional reform; PPP says no GECOM Chairman has implications for elections

Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday said he would not support pushing back holding general elections until constitutional reform is complete, even as the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) hinted that the protracted delay in appointing a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) would have implications for the next polls. Appearing on a panel ...

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Luncheon suggests Minister Harmon’s “public service” appointments violate constitution

People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) executive member, Dr. Roger Luncheon on Tuesday questioned the constitutionality of Minister of State, Joseph Harmon being the holder of two public offices- Cabinet Secretary and Secretary to the Defence Board. “In light of the disclosure by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, that he is the Secretary to the Cabinet, while at the same time ...

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Like A Boss – No new taxes, more for Small Businesses In 2018 Budget 

Consultations are still ongoing for the 2018 budget, but Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan has provided an early indication of no new taxes and a budget that seeks to generate economic activity for small business owners whereby making them their own bosses. Minister Jordan made the disclosure Mobday during a press conference and announced that Government continues to review the ...

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Opposition to complain to IDB about public procurement

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday announced that he would be complaining to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) about opaque procurement processes, a day after that hemispheric bank said it would be assisting Guyana to set up a special mechanism to fast-track projects. “The IDB needs to know that the lack of delivery on the contracts is not because they ...

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Granger probably “not fit and proper” to select GECOM Chairman by applying High Court ruling- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday questioned the reason why President David Granger wants to meet with him again next week to discuss the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, and said that it is time the Guyanese leader abides by a recent High Court ruling on the matter. “If our president cannot find from 18 persons ...

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President maintains he must select “fit and proper” GECOM Chairman; to meet Jagdeo soon

President David Granger on Wednesday highlighted that the High Court has confirmed that he has the right to select a “fit and proper” person to become the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), just days after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) signaled that it might join in appealing the ruling by Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire that the President could reject ...

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GECOM denies procurement wrongdoing in radio, pliers purchase

by Zena Henry An audit of operational procedures of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by the Auditor General’s (AG) Office has exposed a number of missteps in the agency’s procurement process leading up to the 21015 General and Regional Elections but officials have hit back this week, saying they were operating in unusual circumstances given the fact that Parliament was ...

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No ‘apology’ forces APNU+AFC sixth consecutive walk-out from Region 5 Council meeting

It’s been six months since a full Region 5 Regional Democratic Council (Mahaica-West Berbice) meeting has been held, with the two top regional officials at odds over the need for an apology and whether the disruptions have had a toll on project execution. This is due to an ongoing feud between the Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal and Regional Executive Officer ...

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No govt response to local company’s offer to buy Skeldon Estate sale; PPP, GAWU call for transparency

by Shikema Dey and Denis Chabrol Even as a local agri-business company awaits government’s response to its interest in buying the Skeldon Sugar Estate and factory, a trade union and its aligned opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Tuesday called for transparency. President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand maintained his workers’ organisation’s rejection of ...

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