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GECOM still haggling over backers’ requests for removal

Even as two Guyana Elections Commissioners prepare to leave for Canada on Saturday to observe the printing of ballot papers and other election materials, the seven-member body was up to late Friday haggling over how to deal with a number of requests by backers of candidates. “The issue is still one that is contentious and not fully determined,” a well-placed ...

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Govt appoints UG Professor as arbitrator in teachers’ pay dispute but union still to approve

The Ministry of Social Protection on Monday said it has appointed University of Guyana Professor, Leyland Lucas as Chairman for the Arbitration Panel for the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU). However, the GTU has asked for some time to do some “background checks” on Dr. Lucas. The teams will meet again on Wednesday. Minister within ...

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Govt asks High Court to block PPP’s challenge of Local Govt Minister’s constituency changes, omissions

Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan on Monday asked the High Court to block efforts by the opposition People’s Progressive Party’s  Bibi Shadick  to quash his decision to hold elections for several neighbourhood councils without first issuing an order containing important information. The application comes up before Justice Gino Persaud on September 27, 2018. Attorney General, Basil Williams argues, on behalf ...

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Town Clerk leased land not owned by City Hall to shipping company

Town Clerk, Royston King leased a parcel of land to a shipping company, but the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the Georgetown Municipality says that land is owned by government’s holding company for State assets. Chairman of the one-man Commission of Inquiry into City Hall’s administration, Retired Chancellor of the Judiciary, Cecil Kennard that the probe would focus, ...

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Political parties in ‘ground games’ for local govt election candidates; PPP probing claims of dead, fake backers

As political parties engage in a ground battle at the community level for candidates to contest the November 12 Local Government Elections, General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday said if claims of irregularities are proven to be true the candidates would be instructed to withdraw from contesting a constituency in the Wakenaam Neighbourhood ...

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AFC, WPA poised to collaborate on proposed direct cash transfers of oil money to poor households

The Alliance For Change (AFC) and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Sunday looked set to collaborate on whether there should be conditional direct cash transfers of oil revenues to poor Guyanese households. WPA Executive Member, David Hinds confirmed that the AFC has contacted his party and was now awaiting further word from that party. “WPA welcomes the AFC stance ...

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Kuwait eyes closer economic ties with Guyana

Reproduced from Kuwait Times KUWAIT: Two ministers from Guyana are in Kuwait to appeal for a possible writing-off of debt borrowed from Kuwait around 40 years ago. Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson hope to get the much-needed relief from the Kuwaiti government. “We had borrowed around $10 million from Kuwait in the 1970s. It ...

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China gives US$37.6 million boost to Guyana’s E-Government broadband system

China on Saturday signed a US$37.6 million agreement to boost Guyana’s broadband access for security surveillance and the provision of remote health care, officials said. “This project will see the upgrading of the network to enable an equitable delivery of service in the education, health, security, business and other sectors,” said Guyana’s Foreign Minister shortly after signing the agreement for ...

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PPP promises no new taxes to Georgetown; govt yet to decide on paid parking, but increased property rates likely

As the Guyana government prepares to lay the groundwork for increasing property rates and taxes in towns and villages, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is opposed to additional taxes on the citizens of Georgetown. “We know more revenues can come in there other than putting additional burdens. Don’t forget when this government came in has put over 200 new taxes ...

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AFC downplays small showing on nomination day… “We don’t believe in theatrics”

The Alliance For Change (AFC), which broke away from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to contest the Local Government Elections on its own, on Friday turned up turned up with eight persons to submit nominations to contest for the Georgetown City Council. However, AFC Executive member Michael Leonard downplayed the few persons who rallied under his party’s banner as ...

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