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Guyana remains a “sovereign State” -gov’t reacts to international community

Government on Saturday reacted to United States’ State Department summoning Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington over the credibility of general elections, saying that the country is a self-governing state that abides by the rule of law. “For the benefit of all international partners and friends, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to affirm that Guyana remains a sovereign state governed by ...

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PPP applicant in election court cases commits suicide

Reaz Holladar—the little-known driver of former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, whose name rose to prominence in a number of election court cases in recent weeks—early Saturday morning shot himself dead. “Investigations so far revealed that the victim reportedly shot himself in the head with a handgun in the presence of his spouse and a security ...

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GECOM Chair, Chief Elections Officer at odds over recount of general election votes

The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield are at odds over whether the seven-member body can order a recount of votes cast in general and regional elections earlier this month. Singh, through her lawyer Kim Kyte-Thomas, said in High Court papers that the seven-member GECOM can constitutionally order ...

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Jagdeo loses High Court arguments on jurisdiction to hear elections case

The High Court on Friday ruled that it can hear a request for a judicial review of a decision by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to recount votes cast in the March 2 general elections. Lawyers for People’s Progressive Party Representative of Candidates List, Bharrat Jagdeo, however, applied for leave to appeal Justice Franklyn Holder’s decision that he has jurisdiction ...

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U.S. State Dept summons Guyana’s Ambassador over election results

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric Affairs, Michael Kozak on Thursday summoned Guyana’s Ambassador, Riyad Insanally to inform Guyana that a government sworn in based on non-credible results would be illegitimate. “On behalf of the U.S. government, today I summoned #Guyana Ambassador to the U.S. Riyad Insanally to convey our firm position that any government sworn ...

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APNU+AFC favours legal recount to stave off international sanctions

Wary of threats of international sanctions over electoral fraud, Guyana’s incumbent coalition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) on Thursday said a recount of the votes cast in general elections earlier this month or an elections petition could settle concerns and forestall international sanctions. APNU+AFC campaign manager, Joseph Harmon also referred to an elections petition-related audit as one ...

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OPINION: Political dogfight is over (cheap) oil

By GHK Lall We reach for a mirage, we clutch at straws, we sprawl before the world. In my estimation, Guyana’s political junkyard dogfight is all about power. I am unmoving that ascending to power provides the first access to the feverishly desired control and dissipation of that opulent oil ocean out there within this country’s borders. Though those are ...

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PPP’s Jagdeo asks High Court to find it cannot hear APNU+AFC candidate’s election case

Four days after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and several small political parties succeeded in joining a High Court case by an A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) candidate for a judicial review of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to order a recount of the votes cast in general elections earlier this month, the PPP said the court ...

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Britain warns of “serious consequences for those concerned” if election results are bogus

United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab on Tuesday warns that if a Guyana government is sworn in based on elections that are not credible, there will be “serious consequences for those concerned,” This is the second such stern warning in as many days from a key western nation. And, the United States National Security Council (NSC) says “The U.S. ...

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PPP wants High Court to uphold GECOM decision for vote recount; asks for Statements of Poll

Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall says the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) decision to conduct a national recount was legally made despite the fact that the ten District Returning Officers had already tabulated and declared their results. “Our case is, as set out in the affidavit, that GECOM has made a decision within its powers, a decision that is lawful, a decision that ...

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