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Time for capital towns; self-financed, business-oriented municipalities- Granger

Five days after Guyana’s first Local Government Elections in more than 20 years, Guyana’s President David Granger on Thursday announced plans to promote the creation of capital towns in interior regions and he called for all municipalities to generate their own funds and become self-sustainable. “Municipalities must be capable of weaning themselves off of government subvention and earn their keep. ...

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Volda Lawrence should apologize – Jagdeo

  Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo is not too keen on supporting a call for Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence to be dismissed but says that the Government official should show some contrition and apologize. Calls have been mounted for Lawrence to be dismissed from her post after she commented on an allegation of child molestation saying that it ...

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UN Chief alarmed at surge in racism, hate-violence

  As the World observed the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has noted his alarm at the sudden surge in racism and hate driven violence in today’s society. Ban in a message delivered to a General Assembly meeting on Friday pointed out that while some strides have been made with ...

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PPPC claims big Local Govt elections victory; to take alleged abuse of State resources to House

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Ten months after losing general elections by a slim margin, Guyana’s main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Saturday claimed a significant victory in Local Government Elections held a day earlier. “As a result of this overwhelming electoral support, the PPP/C emerged victorious with over 60% of the votes cast in the seventy (70) Local Authority Areas (LAA) which the ...

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APNU+AFC takes control of most towns

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition has gained clear control of five of Guyana’s nine towns in the country’s Local Government Elections (LGE) held Friday. The party is claiming victory in Georgetown, Linden and New Amsterdam as well as the two new towns of Bartica and Lethem. There were reports of a tie in Mabaruma, another new ...

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Gov’t says LGE voter turnout “better than anticipated”

The APNU+AFC is defending its decision not to name Friday March 18, a National Holiday to facilitate Local Government Elections (LGE) saying that the turnout to Friday’s polls was better than what was expected. Credible sources have told Demerara Waves Online News that GECOM insiders had forecast a 30 percent turnout. At a press conference on Saturday morning, President David ...

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Recall of Harding from Council to be discussed; Granger wants explanation from Lawrence

With growing concerns over the APNU’s endorsement of an alleged child molester and that person now having been elected in his constituency, the question of whether Winston Harding would actually be heading to the City Council is being constantly asked. Harding, who was contesting in Constituency 13 (East and West Ruimveldt), had posters bearing his photograph with the words “Child ...

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Candidates won because of big Party endorsements – Granger

President David Granger says that candidates from the two major political Parties, APNU+AFC and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), that managed to secure victories in Friday’s Local Government Elections, were able to do so because of their political backing. Preliminary results from yesterday’s polls indicate that candidates fielded by the APNU+AFC and the PPP were by and large successful. APNU+AFC ...

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Less than 50 percent turnout at Guyana’s Local Government Elections

Less than 50 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in Friday’s Local Government Elections, the first such polls in since 1994, authorities estimated. Various authoritative sources in Essequibo, Berbice and Georgetown estimate that the turnout was  in the 40s in most areas. Polls closed at 6 PM, paving the way for the counting of votes and the posting ...

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NGO calls for President to boot Volda Lawrence from Social Protection Ministry

  A local non-governmental organisation has taken to the streets in protest of Guyana’s Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and is calling for President David Granger replace her as the subject Minister. Red Thread on Friday picketed the Lamaha Street Office of Lawrence demanding that the Minister be disciplined for comments reportedly made in a case involving allegations of child ...

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