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No Elections Commission decision on poll readiness; deadlock on voter list clean-up

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday failed to reach consensus on a timeframe for holding general elections, the result of the passage of the no-confidence motion in December, leaving the final decision up to the politicians. A major sticking point is whether a claims and objections period should be held to remove those who should not be on ...

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Greenidge, US Deputy Secretary of State discuss Guyana’s “upcoming” general elections

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on Wednesday discussed Guyana’s “upcoming national elections” and security matters related to the political instability in neighbouring Venezuela, a State Department spokesman said. The Guyana Government has not definitively stated whether elections would be held this year, but both the governing A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance ...

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Harmon, PNCR support Granger for a second term

General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon has endorsed President David Granger for a second term, days after the party officially announced that Granger would be contesting the next general elections. “It is with a deep sense of pride that I endorse David Arthur Granger to be the Coalition’s Presidential Candidate for a second term,” he ...

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Chief Elections Officer to inform GECOM about readiness timelines

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday asked the Chief Elections Officer to come up with timelines for holding the next general elections before the Commission could meet with the opposition and government representatives and inform them of its readiness. The three Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)-nominated election commissioners, Robeson Benn, Sase Gunraj, and Bibi Shadick told reporters that GECOM’s ...

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Teixeira, Chandrapal back PPP/C Irfaan Ali presidential candidacy

Top People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) executive members Gail Teixeira and Indra Chandrapal have come out in full support of Irfaan Ali as their party’s presidential candidate. “Irfaan Ali won a democratic process and will receive the full support of his comrades,” said Chandrapal. On Monday night, she described Frank Anthony, who pulled out of the race last week Saturday because ...

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Frank Anthony is “the epitome of decency, integrity and commitment”- Indra Chandrapal as calls mount for withdrawal of Irfan Ali candidacy

As the fallout continues among People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supporters over the election of Irfan Ali as its presidential candidate, veteran women’s activist Indra Chandrapal Monday night stopped short of saying that Frank Anthony was the best candidate although he and Dr. Vindhya Persaud said they dropped out because they knew they would have been defeated. “You are the epitome ...

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Oil money for large-scale investments; 50,000 jobs for youths – PPP/C presidential candidate in sneak-preview of elections manifesto

Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali Sunday night announced that US$500 million in oil revenues would be pumped into agriculture. “We already have a plan and programme that will see more than US$500 million invested in Guyana from Year One under the next People’s Progressive Party/Civic government. We did this before without oil and gas and we’ll ...

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Jagdeo confirms Irfan Ali was his choice for PPP presidential candidacy

Ending months of speculation about who was his preferred pick for the presidential candidacy, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo Sunday evening admitted that he had all along had his eyes set on Irfan Ali who was elected one day before. Addressing what he called a “spontaneous” political meeting at Ali’s home-village in the PPP heartland ...

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OPINION: An Irfan Ali Presidency would be a Jagdeo 4th term

By David Hinds First, I am not surprised that Mr. Irfan Ali won by such a wide margin. He was clearly the choice of the PPP’s maximum leader, and the leader’s preference on such matters holds sway with many in the party’s leadership. Second, Ali’s selection indicates very clearly that should the PPP win the election, it will continue the ...

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Retired Brigadier Phillips, among others, touted for PPP prime ministerial candidate

Former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips on Sunday suggested he is “available” to enter the political arena. When asked whether he has been approached to become the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Phillips insisted that he would not be responding to “rumours”. Pressed on whether he would ...

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