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Chief Elections Officer says elections possible in March; PPP demands polls in November

The Chief Elections Officer and team on Friday told the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission that the earliest the machinery can be ready for general elections is next year March. The government-nominated elections commissioners appear not to be challenging that timeframe. Vincent Alexander, one of the three government-nominated election commissioners says he will not object to a March timeframe. “I have ...

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ERC probes race remarks against WPA executive member

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has begun investigating a report of alleged racially insensitive remarks by Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member, Desmond Trotman against the Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Gerry Gouveia. ERC Chief Investigator, former Deputy Police Commissioner Alvin Smith told Demerara Waves/News-Talk Radio Guyana that he has asked Trotman for a meeting. Gouveia has said ...

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General elections likely in December -WPA

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Friday said it gleaned that general elections could be held in December, based on the house-to-house registration schedule and preparations for the polls. Executive member, David Hinds said if the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) sticks to its calendar for house-to-house registration, which began on July 20, to be completed by October followed by claims ...

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GECOM awaits written High Court decision; 230,000 registered so far

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday did not discuss the implications of the High Court judgement on house-to-house registration and related matters because commissioners were yet to obtain a copy of the written decision by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, an elections commissioner said. Government-appointed elections commissioner, Vincent Alexander expected the seven-member body to meet again by Monday before GECOM ...

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WPA calls on PPP to extend life of government ahead of poll preparations

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a vocal member of the governing coalition, on Thursday urged the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to agree to an extension of the deadline by which general elections ought to be held, in the wake of Wednesday’s High Court ruling that blessed the constitutionality of house-to-house registration. “The WPA calls on the PPP to acknowledge ...

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Chris Ram won’t appeal Chief Justice’s decision says lawyer

Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall on Thursday backed down from his plan to appeal Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire’s decision that house-to-house registration is not unconstitutional, saying that the case achieved the major objective of preventing the removal of thousands of persons from the National Register of Registrants. “In the circumstances, after a more mature consideration of the Chief Justice’s decision and after ...

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Jagdeo, GECOM lawyer, AG Williams bicker over High Court’s decision that registered persons can’t be removed from list

Lawyers for Christopher Ram and the Guyana Elections Commission on Wednesday said they were prepared to appeal a High Court decision for different reasons, even as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo claimed a legal victory that Guyanese cannot be removed from the National Register of Registrants and must be allowed to vote. Ram’s lawyers, Anil Nandlall and Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran ...

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House-to-house registration constitutional; residency not a condition for registration -Chief Justice

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Wednesday ruled that house-to-house registration is not illegal or unconstitutional but she urged the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to consider other forms of verification. She also ruled that Guyanese previously registered and residing overseas could not be removed from the database named the National Register of Registrants. She said unless the persons change their addresses ...

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Chief Justice to rule on house-to-house registration next week

Guyana’s Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire is next week expected to rule on whether the house-to-house registration exercise should be halted to make way for general elections following the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) validation of last year’s no-confidence motion. Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall, who is representing political commentator Christopher Ram, said George-Wiltshire would on August 14 rule on whether the registration ...

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