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GECOM, APNU+AFC haggle over responsibility for voter education amid low turnout

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday announced a”meagre” 36 percent turnout at Monday’ Local Government Elections, saying the Ministry of Local Government failed to sufficiently educate voters about local elections. Official results show of the 573, 923 voters, only 208,534 cast ballots. GECOM’s claim has since been rejected by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) from which Local Government ...

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APNU+AFC says “united and strong” after joint leaders’ meeting

The governing coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) says its remains “united and strong”. “The leaders of the two parties jointly reaffirm that the Coalition remains united and strong,” they said in a statement. The assurance followed a meeting by leaders of the two political organisations, hours after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo filed a no-confidence motion ...

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PPP’s no-confidence motion buoyed by good local govt results, weakened governing coalition- political scientists

Three noted Guyanese Political Scientists- David Hinds, Freddie Kissoon and Mark Kirton-on Thursday believed the People’s Progressive Party’s tabling of a no-confidence motion against the governing APNU+AFC coalition was aimed at capitalising on electoral inroads that opposition party at Monday’s Local Government Elections. Hinds said the PPP has calculated that it was riding on a high and was merely using ...

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Update: Jagdeo cautiously optimistic about winning no-confidence motion against govt; likely to be debated after 12 days

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was Thursday guardedly optimistic about winning a no-confidence motion against the David Granger-led administration, and said it would give his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at least a platform to highlight what he termed failed promises, wastage and corruption by the David Granger-led administration. “The worst thing that could happen for us is that we lose the ...

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President Granger diagnosed with cancer; expected to “fully recover”

President David Granger has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells, and he on Wednesday began  a second round of treatment in Cuba where he has been for the past two weeks seeking medical attention. “Subsequent to a series of medical tests, the President was diagnosed as suffering from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was placed ...

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APNU/PNCR; AFC shrug off impact of LGE vote loss on 2020 general elections; PPP upbeat

Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Volda Lawrence Tuesday afternoon down-played A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) loss of several seats on the Georgetown City Council at Monday’s general elections as an unhealthy sign going into Guyana’s next general elections due in another two years. “When you speak of so many seats with a turnout of that number, ...

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It’s Official: PPP clinches 7 seats; APNU 21; AFC 2 in Georgetown City Council

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has raked in seven seats in Georgetown,  with its closest rival,  A Partnership for National Unity (APNU),winning a total of 21 seats and the Alliance For Change  two seats, the Guyana Elections Commission said. In declaring the results for Georgetown, Returning Officer Duarte Hetsberger said PPP got four proportional and three constituency seats; APNU ...

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AFC almost demolished at Local Govt Election

The Alliance For Change (AFC) appeared to have been virtually  wiped out of the local government political landscape, leaving A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) trailing behind the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) overall in many key local authority areas. Unofficial results show the People’s National Congress Reform-backed APNU clinching almost all of the 15 constituency seats in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital. ...

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Polls close in Guyana’s local govt elections

Polls in Guyana’s Local Government Elections closed at 6 PM and counting has begun to ascertain who will control the 10 town councils and 70 neighbourhood councils. In an initial reaction, the Alliance For Change (AFC) said the polls in Georgetown and Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) went smoothly except for some reports that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) were at ...

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GECOM ready for Local Govt Elections on Monday; candidate’s family members removed from polling day duties

Even as the Guyana Elections Commission boasted it was ready to conduct Local Government Elections in villages and towns across the country on Monday, three polling day officials were barred from working because they are related to candidates, a commission spokeswoman said Sunday night. “Based on the feedback that I have received, we are set and ready for an early ...

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