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PPP stages countrywide protests

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday began staging countrywide protests against what it says is an illegal government now that the 90 days have expired since the passage of the no-confidence motion and no elections have been held. “The protests will go on sporadically because we want to target the President, Prime Minister and the ministers,” Opposition Leader Bharrat ...

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Granger, Jagdeo still tussling over polling date after Carter Center proposal

President David Granger appeared to be holding out for general elections in November after house-to-house registration despite a proposal by the United States’ Carter Center that could allow for earlier polls in August. “In the circumstances, I am instructed to inform you that His Excellency the President intends to shortly name a date for general and regional elections in Guyana ...

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Granger might remain in office out of “necessity” if no elections deal with Jagdeo, but contracts, orders will be questionable – panel

President David Granger and his government might remain in office as a matter of “necessity” if he does not first give into Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s demands to name an election date first before the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) support to extend the 90-day time-frame within which Guyanese must go to the polls, officials said. “The debate arises: what happens ...

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President Granger calls for “political cooperation” to ensure “credible” elections this year

President David Granger on Friday cited the need for opposition support to aid him in setting a date for “credible” general elections at the “earliest possible date”, as the 90-day timeframe after the passage of the no-confidence motion expires next week Thursday. “They demand political cooperation, not confrontation,” he said in a pre-recorded address to the nation, from the Ministry ...

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Lawyer asks Court of Appeal to step in and set election date timeframe

As the 90-day deadline for early elections triggered by a no-confidence motion is set to expire next week, the Guyana Court of Appeal was Wednesday asked to set a new period within which the polls must be held. Attorney-at-Law, Kamal Ramkarran, who is representing political commentator Christopher Ram in a no-confidence motion-related case, urged the three-member panel of judges to ...

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President asks GECOM for work programme to fix election date

President David Granger Wednesday wrote to Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson requesting that the Commission present him with a work programme in the shortest possible time. In his missive to Justice Patterson, the President noted it is essential that he is informed of the Commission’s readiness to deliver credible elections in Guyana. “I urge ...

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GECOM Chairman, coalition commissioners criminally charged with violating Guyana’s constitution

The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice James Patterson and that body’s three coalition-appointed commissioners were Tuesday charged criminally with violating Guyana’s constitution, resulting in a failure to hold general elections within 90 days of the passage of a no-confidence motion. The private criminal charge was filed by well-known Civil Engineer and activist, Marcel Gaskin. In a ...

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Jagdeo’s “irresponsible” call to chase out Granger, other gov’t officials can breach peace – gov’t

The Guyana government on Monday cautioned Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo that his call on supporters to chase out President David Granger and other government officials from their communities could breach the peace and incite racial hostilities in an election year. “Mr. Jagdeo has a history of wanton utterances and his most recent at Babu Jaan has serious implications on peace, ...

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Civil Society Forum calls on President to name elections date

A group of non-governmental organisations calling themselves the Civil Society Forum on Monday publicly called on President David Granger to name an election date or risk his administration being labelled “illegal”. “His not naming that date thus far has increased the probability that the government will be accused of being illegal after March 21,” the Forum said in a statement. ...

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