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APNU+AFC intensifies push for local gov’t domination

As the days remaining before Guyana hosts Local Government Polls, President David Granger has reaffirmed the APNU+AFC Coalition’s push for control of both central and local government authorities. Backed by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the duo delivered a resounding call for persons to cast their ballots in favour of the coalition’s candidates in the upcoming elections. Addressing a sizeable crowd ...

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PPP denies abusing State resources

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Thursday denied abusing state resources for electioneering purposes, even as it leveled a similar charge against the 10-month old coalition administration ahead of next week’s Local Government Elections. “I could say one thing that when we were in government- and I was involved in a lot of these arrangements- normally we pay for ...

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Chris Ram concerned about Camp Street CoI proceedings

President of the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) Chris Ram has raised some concerns about the manner in which the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street riots is proceeding. Ram raised the concerns after the first day of hearings for the CoI during which two inmates from the prison gave their accounts of what happened in the three day unrest ...

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Time to ban voting without ID cards, passports- PPPC

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Thursday vowed to push for voting without cards and passports to be outlawed, amid concerns that hundreds of security forces personnel voted without national identification cards. PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee told a news conference that the party was found it increasingly intolerable that the folio, which contains pictures and identification data, was ...

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No National Holiday for Local Govt Elections; schools to close early for Easter

The Guyana government has ruled out declaring Friday March 18, 2016  a National Holiday to allow Guyanese to vote in Local Government Elections. That position was made known by Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. “There is no indication that this will be declared a National Holiday. Traditionally, local government elections are not treated the ...

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Camp Street Prison like a “warzone” – CoI Chairman

  Chairman of the recently constituted Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Camp Street riot, Justice James Patterson has described the scene at Guyana’s main penitentiary as similar to that of a warzone. Patterson at a press conference on Wednesday pointed out that the team of Commissioners visited the Prison on Tuesday afternoon and saw the aftermath of the three ...

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Disciplined Services balloting clean; hiccups point to need for more voter education- US Embassy observers

American Embassy observers have given Tuesday’s balloting in Local Government Elections by members of the Disciplined Services a clean bill of health but say a number of areas need to be addressed ahead of voting by civilians next week Friday. “The Embassy team of observers found nothing to question the integrity or credibility of this critical phase of the voting ...

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Disciplined Forces Local govt voting smooth, but turnout appeared low

Voting in Local Government Elections (LGE) by members of the Disciplined Services across the country on Tuesday appeared smooth, according to assessments by several parties and groups except the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). Reports are that voting was smooth and calm in Linden, Berbice and Essequibo. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also reported that except for minor glitches ...

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Cultural hurdles need to be addressed for gender equality – President

As Guyana joined the rest of the world in observance of International Women’s Day, President David Granger declared that over the last forty years Guyana has made significant progress but some hurdles remain. The President made the comment at a Women’s conference at the Arthur Chung International Conference Center (ACICC). Granger told the room filled with women that Guyana, for ...

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