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PPP commissioners tell new GECOM Chair time for elections

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-aligned election commissioners on Wednesday raised the issue of house-to-house registration in a meeting with newly-appointed Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh. “The issue of house-to-house registration was raised… what should be happening, claims and objections, etcetera; those were all issues that were discussed,” one of the PPP commissioners, Sase ...

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No walkouts, only law-based decisions for free, fair and transparent elections- new GECOM Chairman

Newly-appointed Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Monday vowed to make decisions based on Guyana’s laws and the constitution, while signaling that she would not tolerate any walkouts from meetings of the seven-member commission. “I am just that, I can do something good for Guyana. There is one way: in accordance with the law, ...

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WPA urges new GECOM Chair to resist “pressures” to scrap house-to-house registration

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Sunday called on the new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson to resist pressure for halting house-to-house registration, amidst incessant calls by the opposition for elections to be held swiftly with a claims and objections period to update the existing voters’ list. “Justice (Claudette) Singh’s first task has to do with the contentious issue of ...

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Western diplomats laud GECOM Chair appointment

Key diplomats on Friday afternoon welcomed the appointment of retired Justice Claudette Singh as the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). British High Commissioner Greg Quinn tweeted, “I welcome this extremely positive development. I look forward to meeting the new GECOM chair. All relevant actors are to be congratulated on this agreement. #Guyana”. Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, ...

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Justice Claudette Singh is new GECOM Chair

Retired Justice Claudette Singh is the new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), government and the opposition confirmed. “We’re very, very happy with this development. The process was consensual.  The names on the list enjoy my confidence and enjoy the confidence of the President. They were found not unacceptable to him and, therefore, he chose from a list not ...

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Chief Justice remarks CCJ indicates elections by Sept 18 or parliamentary extension

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire on Wednesday said the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) indicated that elections must be held by September 18 or another date if Parliament grants an extension. “The Honourable Chief Justice (ag) stated that the consequential orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice indicate that elections be held by September 18, 2019, or such longer period as ...

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Chief Justice throws out Chris Ram’s request to stop house-to-house registration

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Tuesday refused political commentator, Christopher Ram’s request for an order to stop the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from continuing its now four-day old house-to-house registration process. Ram’s Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall said the judge did not grant the conservatory order in an in-Chambers hearing. He said the Chief Justice did not find sufficient evidence to convince ...

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House-to-house registration began on legal advice – Chief Elections Officer

Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield has told the Private Sector Commission (PSC) that he began house-to-house registration based on legal advice by the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) lawyer who said that all actions before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that James Patterson’s appointment was flawed and unconstitutional were valid. “GECOM’s Legal Officer (Excellence Dazzell) upon my request advised ...

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Christopher Ram asks High Court to stop house-to-house registration

The High Court will Tuesday begin hearing a request by Attorney-at-Law and political commentator, Christopher Ram on whether to block the Guyana Elections Commission from going ahead with house-to-house registration. Through his lawyers, Ram also wants the court to issue a Conservatory Order compelling the Guyana Elections Officer, Chief Election Officer and/or the Commissioner of National Registration to “immediately take ...

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Fmr. Army Chief says house-to-house registration violates constitution

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips has labelled the just started house-to-house registration as unconstitutional, a position that has run him into a barrage of criticism. “To conduct House to House Registration is a violation of our Constitution, and is contrary to the CCJ ruling and its Consequential Order. # RESPECT THE RULE OF ...

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