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GECOM Chairman not ruling out resigning; maintains “quality trumps race” in hiring workers

Seemingly frustrated with racially motivated political bickering at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Chairman of the country’s elections management authority, Retired Justice James Patterson on Friday did not rule out resigning from the post if those state of affairs continue. “It is even more sad to see that the default position of our politicians seems to be to play ...

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Jagdeo rejects Granger’s call for end to criticisms

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday rejected calls by President David Granger that he should cease his criticisms and give him an opportunity to govern the country. “It is what he has done about those issues that are affecting the nation and if he has done nothing aboit them although they are affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of ...

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Three entities claim ownership of City wharf leased to Paul Sandy’s shipping company

Amid claims that Town Clerk, Royston King allegedly leased a Lombard Street wharf that supposedly does not belong to the City Council, new information surfaced on Monday that two other entities are laying claim to the property. Paul Sandy, the lone Director and Secretary of Quick Shipping Inc; testified before a Local Government Commission-organised Commission of Inquiry that he paid ...

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Foreign Minister cautious about direct transfers of ‘oil money’ to very poor

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge seemed less than enthusiastic about the idea of conditional direct cash transfers of oil revenues to very poor Guyanese. Speaking with Guyanese in New York at the weekend, he said already many people, who get financial support from their overseas-based relatives and friends, are not inclined to seek employment and engage in annoying activities that ...

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Guyana opposes military intervention in Venezuela

Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge on Saturday said his country would not support the invasion of Venezuela from where people are continuing to flee worsening political, economic and social conditions. “We have no interest, as a government and I think that is true of the opposition also in orchestrating or encouraging anybody to invade Venezuela,” he told a meeting with ...

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GECOM still haggling over backers’ requests for removal

Even as two Guyana Elections Commissioners prepare to leave for Canada on Saturday to observe the printing of ballot papers and other election materials, the seven-member body was up to late Friday haggling over how to deal with a number of requests by backers of candidates. “The issue is still one that is contentious and not fully determined,” a well-placed ...

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Govt appoints UG Professor as arbitrator in teachers’ pay dispute but union still to approve

The Ministry of Social Protection on Monday said it has appointed University of Guyana Professor, Leyland Lucas as Chairman for the Arbitration Panel for the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU). However, the GTU has asked for some time to do some “background checks” on Dr. Lucas. The teams will meet again on Wednesday. Minister within ...

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Govt asks High Court to block PPP’s challenge of Local Govt Minister’s constituency changes, omissions

Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan on Monday asked the High Court to block efforts by the opposition People’s Progressive Party’s  Bibi Shadick  to quash his decision to hold elections for several neighbourhood councils without first issuing an order containing important information. The application comes up before Justice Gino Persaud on September 27, 2018. Attorney General, Basil Williams argues, on behalf ...

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Town Clerk leased land not owned by City Hall to shipping company

Town Clerk, Royston King leased a parcel of land to a shipping company, but the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the Georgetown Municipality says that land is owned by government’s holding company for State assets. Chairman of the one-man Commission of Inquiry into City Hall’s administration, Retired Chancellor of the Judiciary, Cecil Kennard that the probe would focus, ...

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Political parties in ‘ground games’ for local govt election candidates; PPP probing claims of dead, fake backers

As political parties engage in a ground battle at the community level for candidates to contest the November 12 Local Government Elections, General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday said if claims of irregularities are proven to be true the candidates would be instructed to withdraw from contesting a constituency in the Wakenaam Neighbourhood ...

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