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GECOM’s Coalition-backed commissioners stayed away from meeting Carter Center officials

The Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) governing Coalition-nominated commissioners stayed away from a meeting of a fact-finding mission from the Carter Center, on the grounds that they first wanted to ensure government had approved of that non-governmental organisation’s visit to the country. Elections Commissioner Vincent Alexander argued that there was precedence even in the case of the United States Agency for ...

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GECOM mulls house-to-house registration vs claims and objections; asks Finance Ministry about using GYD$3 billion for elections

Even as Guyana’s opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated elections commissioners signaled that some progress has been made, their governing Coalition counterparts are adamant that house-to-house registration is the only means to sanitise the voters’ list of dead persons and emigrants. PPP-backed Commissioner Robeson Benn told Demerara Waves Online News that the elections could be held soon with a claims and ...

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Carter Centre team meets GECOM, APNU delegation

The US-based Carter Center has dispatched a fact-finding mission to Guyana at a time when the Government, the Opposition and their election commissioners are at a stalemate over giving the go-ahead to prepare for general elections. Earlier Monday, the Carter Center mission met with the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, James Patterson and the ...

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Education, ethnic impact statements can address race, ethnicity and wealth gaps

Two US-based political science professors have strongly recommended education and ethnic impact assessments to close wealth gaps among Guyana’s races, and constitutional reform to help Guyana resolve decades-old politically charged differences. However, former President Donald Ramotar of the People’s Progressive Party said Guyana has more of a class rather than a race problem and he instead accused the People’s National ...

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No general elections by March 20; poll preparations will take 148 days

Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield on Friday ruled out General Elections being held by March 20, 2019, saying that he has been awaiting the green light since January to begin preparations. “Today is the 8th (of January). You haven’t said anything to me yet. If you communicate to me, I move,” Lowenfield told a news conference. Deputy Chief Elections ...

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Jagdeo may agree to extend 90-day election deadline

Guyana’s main Opposition People’s Progressive Party Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday left the door open for extending the three-month deadline by which general elections should be held. Jagdeo told a news conference that “only if I see good faith measures” on the government’s part would he lend his party’s support to the ruling coalition for a two-thirds parliamentary approval of ...

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AFC, PPP shrug off claims of State resources being used for political activism

As Guyana’s elections campaign slowly heats up, the use of State resources is again taking centre stage after the governing coalition and the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were seen using materials funded by the public purse. The Alliance For Change (AFC), the coalition partner, and the PPP on Wednesday defended their decisions to do so. Last week Saturday, AFC ...

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Harmon appeals Chief Justice’s decision on no-confidence motion

General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon on Wednesday filed two appeals challenging Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire’s decisions that the no-confidence motion was validly passed by the National Assembly last December. In the first case, Harmon enjoined private citizen Compton Reid against House Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland, then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud who voted for the ...

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