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Granger’s govt being increasingly isolated after Joe Singh, Christopher Ram’s resignations from all govt jobs

The resignation of Retired Major General, Joseph Singh and Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-Law, Christopher Ram from all government jobs marks the continued isolation of the President David Granger-led administration that increasingly appears confident that it will regain power at an unfair election, Political Scientist Freddie Kissoon said Wednesday. “I think the isolation is coming. There have been too many mistakes ...

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Joe Singh resigns from Ministry of Presidency

Special Assistant to the President, Retired Major General, Joseph Singh has resigned his post, he confirmed. Singh said he has submitted a letter, giving the required one month’s notice. He declined to divulge reasons for his resignation, and shied away from linking it to the fact that President David Granger did not pick one of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 ...

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President doesn’t have to give reasons for rejecting Jagdeo’s names or abide by own criteria

President David Granger does not have to give reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 nominees because he had no intention of asking him to submit another list. The Attorney General’s Chambers also said he Guyanese leader does not have to abide by his own criteria which he had set the Opposition Leader. Amid calls by several private sector ...

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PPP moves to High Court to quash GECOM Chairman’s appointment

The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday filed a High Court action, asking that President David Granger’s appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be quashed because he is allegedly biased and the Guyanese leader violated the Constitution by picking him. “In all the circumstances, the exercise of the President’s discretion and ...

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Guyana’s first local govt commission sworn in; to guard against “unlawful, executive and political intrusion” – Granger

Guyana’s first ever eight-member Local Government Commission, whose mandate includes hiring and firing officers, was Monday sworn in as a means of ending illegality and ministerial involvement in the affairs of the local government system, President David Granger said. He said the swearing in of the Commission signals respect for constitutional rights and protections. Local democracy- the third tier of ...

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GECOM Chairman not a PNC member, says Pres. Granger

In the wake of concerns that Retired Justice James Patterson was hand-picked to become Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) because he is a loyalist of the largest party in the governing coalition, President David Granger on Monday debunked  claims of the elections chief’s party membership. Granger, who is also leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), said ...

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No legal basis for giving reasons for rejecting Jagdeo’s nominees for GECOM Chairmanship- Granger

President David Granger on Monday appeared cautious about giving reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, adding that a recent  High Court ruling is not enforceable. He said the constitution does not require him to do so and he was wary about the implications of doing so in a ...

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Bar Association: It’s back to court if Granger refuses to give reasons for rejecting Jagdeo’s nominees for GECOM Chairmanship ; Justice Patterson’s integrity questioned

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Saturday threatened to take legal action to force President David Granger to disclose reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 nominees and instead unilaterally appointing Retired Justice James Patterson as the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Bar Association reasoned that the President could only exercise his constitutional right to ...

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Granger under fire for “political mistake” of unilaterally appointing GECOM Chairman

Political analyst, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran and Political Scientist, David Hinds Friday expressed disappointment in President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. Hinds lamented that Granger’s move does not send the right signal to Guyanese about “holding the country together” and consensus building on key subjects like the oil industry and  constitutional reform, among ...

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AFC will guard against electoral fraud; did not help select new GECOM Chairman but justifies swift appointment

The Alliance For Change (AFC), one of the parties in the governing coalition, Friday said it would guard against electoral practices, and that it was not involved in selecting  Retired Justice James Patterson as the next Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). “The AFC holds GECOM to the highest standards of electoral integrity and will stridently challenge any threats to the ...

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