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Jagdeo’s 56-day election deadline to Granger unworkable – Elections Commissioners

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s plan to wrest general elections within the next 56 days from President David Granger is already being regarded as impractical even if there was an acceptable voters’ list, the ruling coalition-backed elections commissioners said Tuesday. However, opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) elections commissioner Robeson Benn still has his eyes set on general elections within the constitutionally-mandated ...

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OPINION: Democracy & Elections: Navigating Guyana’s muddy waters

By Professor Evan Ellis From February 19 through 27, I traveled to Georgetown, Guyana, to speak with individuals in the government and the private sector about the nation’s security challenges and internal dynamics. The country is in a potentially explosive political crisis with at least some similarities to the polarized situation in Washington, DC. In the midst of legal battles ...

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PPP elections commissioners demand withdrawal of GECOM’s house-to-house registration ads

The three Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-backed elections commissioners on Sunday called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to withdraw advertisements for staff to conduct house-to-house registration. The commissioners – Bibi Shadick, Robeson Benn and Sase Gunraj – insisted that the seven-member Commission never voted to conduct house-to-house registration. “The Commission has not taken a decision to commence House to ...

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Ramjattan assures any elections violence will be quelled; smooth transition if PPP wins; Rohee warns “be careful with the guarantees you’re giving”

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan has promised that police would not shoot any protesters and would instead do all it can to maintain peace during and after elections including a smooth change of government if the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is voted back into office. “We gonna try as best not to shoot protesters, as has happened in the ...

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Harmon condemns Jagdeo for accusing President of fraud; calls on him to meet with Granger

The Guyana government late Thursday night said it “firmly rejects and condemns as malicious and deceitful” Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s accusations that President David Granger doctored correspondence to the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). “The Leader of the Opposition should avail himself to sound advice and respond in a manner that is befitting the office and not to ...

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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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General elections likely this year – Business Minister

Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin on Tuesday disclosed that Guyanese might go to the polls later this year to elect a new government of their choice. Addressing a forum on “Oil and Gas Development in Guyana”, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas, Gaskin noted that elections are usually held every five years unless some constitutional ...

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