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GECOM ready for free and fair local govt elections- Western diplomats

Western diplomats, preparing to observe the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), have given the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) high marks for preparations for the polls, but the country’s leading business organisation believes that more voter education could have been done. “We are confident that the preparations that would have been made by the Guyana Elections Commission are adequate to ensuring ...

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Guyana satisfied with UN Secretary General’s proposals to resolve border controversy

Guyana is broadly satisfied with proposals by the United Nations Secretary General,  Ban Ki Moon to resolve the border controversy with Venezuela, Foreign Minister, Carl Greenidge said Wednesday. “The proposals in toto are workable. I am satisfied in toto that they are workable. Any specific element may have a problem but when you take them altogether in all the circumstances ...

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After spending millions on cleaning City, drains and alleys being clogged up again

After spending at least GYD$300 million on cleaning drains and alleyways in several sections of Georgetown, maintenance now appears to be a major problem. Several areas visited shows that drains are being slowly clogged up again by plastic bags, pieces of cardboard and silt. Vegetation is again taking over many alleyways. Demerara Waves Online News was told that the Georgetown ...

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PNCR blundered at Rodney Commission; Granger needs politically “thick skin”

Prominent executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Tacuma Ogunseye has rated President David Granger’s handling of the Walter Rodney Commission Report as “poor”, although his People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) failed to produce any witness in their favour. “In participating in the work of the Commission they did so as equals and gave it legitimacy. However, in failing ...

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Current, past WPA members scold Granger over handling of Rodney Commission Report

Former and current members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) have lambasted Guyana’s President David Granger’s rejection of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Report. WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds-fearing that efforts to heal political wounds  through the alliance between the WPA and Granger’s People’s National Congress (PNC) and later the Alliance For Change (AFC) will fail- cautioned against ...

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Opposition slams tax waiver for artistes, increased income tax threshold

Steps Friday by government to legalise the eligibility of regional and international artistes for tax waivers and the hike in the income tax threshold came in for sharp criticism by the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). In opening debate on amendments to the Income Tax Act, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said the law would remove discretion in granting tax ...

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Illegal guns could skyrocket with higher license costs – Rohee tells House

As the Parliamentary debate on the increases to firearm licenses commenced in the National Assembly on Friday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Members of Parliament pleaded with the government to reconsider the “draconian” increases to firearm licenses. With the amendments to the Firearm License legislation, the fee for a shotgun license is to be raised from $2000 to $5000; the cost ...

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“Luster and polish” expected as Sheila Veersammy sworn in as new PPP MP

Longstanding member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and General Secretary of the Woman’s Progressive Organization (WPO) Sheila Veersammy was moments ago sworn in as the new PPP MP replacing Clive Jagan. Jagan announced his retirement recently after he had fallen ill and the PPP was mandated to select another person from its lists of Representatives to fill his vacant ...

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