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PPPC claims big Local Govt elections victory; to take alleged abuse of State resources to House

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Ten months after losing general elections by a slim margin, Guyana’s main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Saturday claimed a significant victory in Local Government Elections held a day earlier. “As a result of this overwhelming electoral support, the PPP/C emerged victorious with over 60% of the votes cast in the seventy (70) Local Authority Areas (LAA) which the ...

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APNU+AFC takes control of most towns

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition has gained clear control of five of Guyana’s nine towns in the country’s Local Government Elections (LGE) held Friday. The party is claiming victory in Georgetown, Linden and New Amsterdam as well as the two new towns of Bartica and Lethem. There were reports of a tie in Mabaruma, another new ...

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Gov’t says LGE voter turnout “better than anticipated”

The APNU+AFC is defending its decision not to name Friday March 18, a National Holiday to facilitate Local Government Elections (LGE) saying that the turnout to Friday’s polls was better than what was expected. Credible sources have told Demerara Waves Online News that GECOM insiders had forecast a 30 percent turnout. At a press conference on Saturday morning, President David ...

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Recall of Harding from Council to be discussed; Granger wants explanation from Lawrence

With growing concerns over the APNU’s endorsement of an alleged child molester and that person now having been elected in his constituency, the question of whether Winston Harding would actually be heading to the City Council is being constantly asked. Harding, who was contesting in Constituency 13 (East and West Ruimveldt), had posters bearing his photograph with the words “Child ...

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Candidates won because of big Party endorsements – Granger

President David Granger says that candidates from the two major political Parties, APNU+AFC and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), that managed to secure victories in Friday’s Local Government Elections, were able to do so because of their political backing. Preliminary results from yesterday’s polls indicate that candidates fielded by the APNU+AFC and the PPP were by and large successful. APNU+AFC ...

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Less than 50 percent turnout at Guyana’s Local Government Elections

Less than 50 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in Friday’s Local Government Elections, the first such polls in since 1994, authorities estimated. Various authoritative sources in Essequibo, Berbice and Georgetown estimate that the turnout was  in the 40s in most areas. Polls closed at 6 PM, paving the way for the counting of votes and the posting ...

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NGO calls for President to boot Volda Lawrence from Social Protection Ministry

  A local non-governmental organisation has taken to the streets in protest of Guyana’s Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and is calling for President David Granger replace her as the subject Minister. Red Thread on Friday picketed the Lamaha Street Office of Lawrence demanding that the Minister be disciplined for comments reportedly made in a case involving allegations of child ...

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PPPC consolidating East Indian support base

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo was Friday morning unequivocal that his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is first appealing to its traditional East Indian support base before reaching across to other segments of the society for political support-base. “There is no hidden agenda here. Everyone knows where the bulk of the support of the two parties come from – APNU and ...

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Jagdeo says “unintentional” still registered as “President” and ‘living’ at State House

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s occupation was given as “President” and his address as 52-53 Main Street, Georgetown when he went to cast his ballot, although he lives at north Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara. President David Granger said he voted at Enterprise Primary School, D’urban Backlands, Georgetown because State House at North Cummingsburg is not his permanent residence. Jagdeo dismissed questions about ...

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Very low turnout at Local Govt Elections

Voters were Friday morning trickling in to polling stations across several areas of Guyana to vote in Local Government Elections for the first time since 1994. “The process is fast and smooth. Lines are short and people are going in but it is not the kind of build-up like General Elections,” a resident on the East Bank Demerara who just ...

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