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Political tension intensifies over elections as PPP elections commissioners walk out over President’s letters to GECOM

Political tension between the Guyana government and the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over preparations for general elections heightened on Thursday over the existence of two letters by President David Granger to the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), James Patterson. The controversy spilled over into Thursday’s meeting of the seven-member elections body when the PPP’s three commissioners asked ...

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No election date, no meeting with Granger – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday ruled out giving into President David Granger’s request to meet next Wednesday to discuss election-related matters. Jagdeo said unless an election date is put on the table, he would not meet with the President and he has since abandoned his plans to write to the Guyanese leader setting out some conditions and suggesting additional ...

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Uncertainty surrounds Jagdeo-Granger talks on general elections

Executive member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Gail Teixiera Wednesday night signaled that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was unlikely to give into demands by President David Granger to extend the 90-day deadline for holding general elections following the passage of the no-confidence motion last December. In a lengthy letter to newspapers, she gave no indication whether or not Jagdeo ...

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Granger invites Jagdeo to general elections-related talks

President David Granger has invited Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo to meet with him next week Wednesday to possibly explore extending the deadline by which general elections should be held and also funding for the polls. Neither Jagdeo nor Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira could be reached to ascertain whether Jagdeo would back down from his so far known reluctance to ...

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President pledges cash, “sufficient time” for GECOM to hold “credible elections”

President David Granger has told the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to begin preparations for the holding of general elections and that government would find the money to run off the polls. In response to GECOM Chairman, James Patterson’s letter about the recent decisions by the seven-member elections body, the President said, “the government of Guyana is committed to doing everything ...

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PPP mulls legal action against GECOM for delaying March poll date; wants personal sanctions

Guyana’s main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is exploring options for legal action against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for allegedly contributing to delaying holding general elections. PPP Leader and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo announced Thursday he was awaiting some legal opinions noting that “I’ve not explored it in great deal to see… its likelihood of success, whether you can ...

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Dual citizen gov’t ministers unlikely to be removed – Attorney General

Guyana’s Attorney General Basil Williams on Wednesday suggested that the four government ministers, who are dual citizens, would not be removed from the National Assembly. He referred to several references by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire in her decision on the no-confidence motion that dual citizen parliamentarians could only be removed from the House by an elections petition. The 28-days window within ...

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Attorney General ordered to correct documents before Court of Appeal hears stay, conservatory order on High Court no-confidence decisions

Court of Appeal Judge, Rishi Persaud did not begin hearing Attorney General Basil Williams’ application for a stay of the High Court’s decision and a conservatory order to preserve the President and Cabinet office beyond 90 days because mistakes were made in the appeal documents filed. Justice Persaud, in “house-keeping” matters noted that in the matter involving Christopher Ram, the original ...

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Probe parliamentarians’ citizenship declarations – Chris Ram asks Police Commissioner

Political commentator, Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram on Monday complained to Police Commissioner, Leslie James about the possible violation of Guyana’s constitution and other laws by seven government and opposition parliamentarians who are dual citizens. “I therefore look forward to your commencing immediate investigation, such as was conducted in respect of Mr. Charrandass Persaud, into whether the persons named earlier are guilty ...

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PPP to remove dual citizen parliamentarians

Guyana’s Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) would replace its dual citizen parliamentarians if it has to return to the House for elections-related matters. Jagdeo could not immediately say who would replace the lawmakers, saying the PPP was yet to discuss the matter. The party’s dual citizen lawmakers are Guyanese-Canadian Gail Teixeira, and Guyanese-Americans ...

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