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Bar Association signals court action to compel president to comply with High Court orders; Granger sticks with preference for judicial person for GECOM Chairman

Even as the Guyana Bar Association signaled that a Court Order could be obtained to compel President David Granger to comply with a High Court ruling on the process of appointing a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), he maintained that preference must be for a judicial person “While the President believes that the Constitution was crafted the way ...

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PPP, Political Scientist, Ramon Gaskin lambaste President Granger for rejecting Chief Justice’s ruling on GECOM Chairman

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Political Science Professor David Hinds and outspoken political commentator, Ramon Gaskin on Wednesday slammed President David Granger for virtually dismissing a High Court ruling on how the Constitution should be interpreted for the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Gaskin was particularly angered at the fact that Granger earlier Wednesday ...

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WPA supports Roopnarine’s resignation from government; party expects another ministerial appointment

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Wednesday said Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine resigned in consultation with that party’s executives and cautioned that if another party member is not appointed a minister, it would be unable to influence policy-making inside government. “If it is not given space, it cannot influence policy-making from the inside. It will then have to influence policy making ...

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President Granger shuns High Court ruling on GECOM Chairman appointment

President David Granger on Wednesday appeared to have shunned a High Court interpretation of the Constitution on the appointment of a chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. “The Chief Justice gave an interpretation based on her perception of the Law and I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution; that is to say I will ...

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Breaking: Rupert Roopnaraine resigns; Granger yet to accept

About one month after Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was removed from the post of Minister of Education, he has resigned from ministerial office, but Presiodent David Granger said Wednesday he is yet to accept it. “I received a letter from Dr. Roopnaraine, the contents of which I will not disclose but he cannot resign until I have accepted a resignation and ...

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GECOM Chairman appointment: High Court rules against Pres Granger’s interpretation of constitution

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire on Monday ruled against President David Granger’s interpretation of Guyana’s Constitution for the appointment of a Chairman of the Elections Commission (GECOM), saying that there is no preference for judicial persons. She said she agreed with lawyers for the Leader of the Opposition and the Guyana Bar Association that there is no validity to arguments that ...

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Prisoner at Lusignan detention facility chopped; Jagdeo vows no political support for escapees

A prisoner at the Lusignan Prison holding facility was chopped by another inmate, even as authorities continued efforts to reduce the number of inmates who were moved there following last Sunday’s destruction of the Georgetown Prison. The number of inmates has been reduced from just over 1,000. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels confirmed that an inmate was ¬†chopped and treated ...

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GECOM Chairmanship: 10 persons shortlisted – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday announced that 10 persons have been shortlisted for the post of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and already one of them has declined. “We shortlisted 10 persons so from the 10 we have to go down to the first six that we’ll talk to but…one of the ten has already say to ...

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Commission of Inquiry to probe if police neglected or failed to investigate plot to kill Granger

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) will over the next several weeks come under intense scrutiny over whether the law enforcement agency did enough to probe reports and allegations of a threat to assassinate President David Granger. Heading the Commission of Inquiry is Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Slowe who has been tasked with, among other things, to ascertain if the ...

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Constitutional reform pressure group formed; members free to get into active politics

Reform, Inform, Sustain Educate (RISE) Guyana, a newly-formed non-profit organisation, on Wednesday announced that it would be embarking on a countrywide push for reforming Guyana’s constitution over the next two years, and said its members are free to engage in active politics with any party of their choice. “We strongly feel that unless an external force is brought to bear, ...

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