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GECOM disagrees with PPP commissioner on work plan submission deadline

Differences over when the optional general election work plans prepared by the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) should be submitted to an operations sub-committee emerged on Saturday. Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPPC) elections commissioner, Sase Gunraj, who co-chairs the operations sub-committee, claimed that the seven-member Commission agreed on Friday that the work plan would have been presented to the elections commissioners ...

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Gail Teixeira likely to give up Canadian citizenship

Long-time People’s Progressive Party (PPP) parliamentarian Gail Teixeira could soon renounce her Canadian citizenship, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said Friday. This in wake of Thursday’s High Court ruling that Guyana parliamentarians holding dual citizenship is unconstitutional. “I spoke with Gail Teixeira and she said to me she is prepared to give up her Canadian citizenship so clearly this ruling has implications ...

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PPP threatens court action for GECOM to hold elections

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, on the heels of a favourable High Court ruling on last month’s no-confidence motion, has threatened to move to the court to force the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to hold elections with the present voters’ list by March 19. “We are exploring now whether we can go to the courts to direct GECOM to fulfill its ...

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High Court decision: Dual citizens would have to vacate House seats – lawyers

In the wake of Thursday’s High Court ruling that parliamentarians with dual citizenship is unconstitutional, lawyers said those legislators would have to be replaced before the National Assembly possibly meets again to extend the deadline by which general elections are due. Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, in her decision, observed that evidently then government parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud was a dual citizen ...

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High Court rules no-confidence motion valid; Attorney General applies for stay

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Thursday ruled that the no-confidence motion was validly passed. “The ruling of the Speaker that the no-confidence debated in the National Assembly on December 21st, 2018 was carried by a vote of a majority of all of the elected members of the National Assembly is thus lawful and valid, being in accordance with the requirements” ...

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Canada blocks Irfaan Ali from travelling

People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali, who has been charged with a total of GYD$174 million in land sales fraud, has been blocked from travelling to Canada, he said Wednesday. Ali had been scheduled to leave Guyana on Tuesday for a series of meetings in Toronto, but one day before his departure, he said the Canadian High Commission ...

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GECOM Secretariat to advise Commission on general elections timeline

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday unanimously agreed that the administration would provide clear timeframes on the earliest and latest general and regional elections could be held, a decision the commissioners said marked some progress in resolving a one-week long stalemate. Opposition-nominated People’s Progressive Party (PPP) elections commissioner, Bibi Shadick said, after minutes of several meetings were considered, ...

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AFC touts free education from oil earnings, wants 12 parliamentary seats again

The Alliance For Change (AFC) executive on Saturday called for oil revenues to fund the reintroduction of free education from nursery to university, and housing. “The party also unanimously approved a motion to unequivocally support free education from nursery to university and facilitate housing for all Guyanese with revenues to be derived from oil,” the party said in a statement. ...

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PPP Irfaan Ali churns out campaign promises to Berbicians

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali, on Saturday announced that some retrenched sugar workers would be compensated and the two East Berbice sugar estates – Skeldon and Rose Hall-Canje – would be reopened. “The first thing we are saying to you is that we are going to reopen the estates here in Region 6 [East Berbice-Corentyne] and ...

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Election date up to Granger; Jagdeo after stalemate on GECOM readiness

President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo would now have to decide on a timeframe for holding general elections following last month’s passage of a no-confidence motion, after their emissaries got no clear indication from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on when elections could be held. Already, the Opposition Leader has said he would be willing to strike a ...

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