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Pandora’s Box: Requesting new list of GECOM nominees a dangerous precedent

by Vivian Williams, Esq. LLM When Guyana’s President David Granger requested a second list of nominees for Chairman of the country’s Elections Commission (GECOM) from the Leader of the Opposition, he extended an olive branch and created a dangerous precedent. The submission of a list of nominees is a one-shot deal. The Constitution does not provide for the submission of ...

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Fit and Proper: An Unnecessary Fight

by Attorney-at-Law, Vivian Williams, Esq; LLM When a moment in time presents an opportunity for a historian to leave foot prints in the sand, you expect him to seize the moment. The rejection of the list of nominees for Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission (GECOM), presented such an opportunity to President David Granger and he demurred. Mr. Granger traded a ...

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Dancing on Black Ice Part II: The Reply to Nandlall on the GECOM Brouhaha by Vivian Williams

Dancing on Black Ice Part II: The Reply to Nandlall on the GECOM Brouhaha by  Attorney-at-Law, Vivian Williams   Grown accustomed to a nuanced application of legal principles from Guyana’s former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, I was disappointed by his response to my article Dancing on Black Ice: That Legal Threat Over a Nonjusticiable Constitutional Provision. Though his article, The President is Not ...

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President not above the Law – Fmr. Attorney General Anil Nandlall

I observe a nicely written piece by Mr. Vivian Williams, Attorney-at-Law on the issue of the appointment of the Chairman of Gecom. Among the arguments advanced by Mr. Williams is that the President’s powers and discretion under Article 161(2) of the Constitution are absolute and non-justiciable and therefore beyond the reach of the Judiciary. This argument is at best anachronistic, ...

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Dancing on Black Ice: That Legal Threat Over a Nonjusticiable Constitutional Provision

Dancing on Black Ice: That Legal Threat Over a Non-justiciable Constitutional Provision by Vivian Williams It is hard to think of a more flawed interpretation of an expressed constitutional provision than what we are currently witnessing in the feud over the selection of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Current President David Granger offers a baffling interpretation of the ...

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Eye On Issues: Making sense of the mini-reshuffle by GHK Lall

I think that President Granger had no choice in the matter of the former Minister of Health.  He gave it time, and resisted serious pressure to jettison the embattled minister.  It is why I commend him for taking the action he did recently.  Now for some more details as to how I read these developments. For starters, the former health ...

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FIRST FRUITS: The Afro-Guyanese community readies for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an African cultural holiday. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahil | This year, as usual, ACDA’s our community feast or gathering will take place ...

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Govt blundered in failing to disclose Homestretch Development Inc. upfront

Viewpoint by David Hinds After careful study of the statements from the President and other members of the government along with those of members of the opposition regarding what has now become the controversial Homestretch Development Incorporated, I have three interrelated comments. First, why was this government or quasi-government company not made public at the time it was created? I ...

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