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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Regional chairpersons, deputies elected

Across the 10 Administrative Regions, today, elections were conducted to elect regional chairpersons, deputy regional chairpersons and councillors to serve the respective regions. The officials are usually sworn-in to their positions by the President. Each region is administered by a Regional Democratic Council (RDC) which is headed by a chairman who along with his deputy and councillors are elected after ...

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Guyana working towards Marine Stewardship Certification

The Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture has joined with the Seabob Industry to apply for Marine Stewardship Council Certification (MSC), the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported on Tuesday. This certification is a well-recognised eco-label that proves that a country has adopted sustainable fishing practices. The Seabob Industry and the Fisheries Department are putting measures in place to ensure that ...

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Commonwealth recommends speedy election results

The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr. Steve Surujbally and the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma have agreed that the tedious and time-consuming system of the collection, delivery and declaration of official election results needs to be changed. “Moving forward GECOM could try to reduce the many steps currently used to transmit elections results while still maintaining unmitigated ...

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Media must be punished severely for breaching Code during elections- Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Mission that observed Guyana’s recently-held general and regional elections wants local media workers punished severely for breaking the Media Code of Conduct, according to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The electoral management body reflected on a section of the Observers’ report on the May 11, 2015 elections that recommends that laws be enacted to penalize media workers that ...

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No problem with Jagdeo’s leadership of Commonwealth observers to Sri Lanka elections- Commonwealth SG

Commonwealth Secretary General , Kamalesh Sharma on Tuesday shrugged off concerns about the hiring of Guyana’s former president Bharrat Jagdeo to observe Sri Lanka’s general elections earlier this year. Jagdeo had stated that the Observer Mission had found that campaign in the run-up to the January 8, 2015 general election in Sri Lanka had been marred by a number of ...

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Foreign Ministry dispatches accountant, foreign service officer to examine ‘one-man’ High Commission in India

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has dispatched a team to Guyana’s High Commission India to peruse the accounts and general administration as High Commissioner Ronald Gajraj prepares to demit office as a result of a change in government, a senior Foreign Ministry official said. The official said an Accountant from the Foreign Ministry in Guyana and United States-based Guyanese Foreign Service ...

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Fires leave 14 homeless in two days

A fire at Enterprise East Coast Demerara destroyed a house mid Tuesday morning leaving five persons homeless, one day after nine others lost their home in a blaze on the West Bank Demerara. At the time of the fire at 512 Forbes Street, Enterprise Gardens, no one was at home. Investigators were working on the theory that the fire was ...

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Harper tells PPP ‘No’ to parliamentary seat; three others also out

by Zena Henry Two newcomers to Guyana’s political landscape- Elisabeth Harper and Clinton Urling- will be among four persons who will not be in the National Assembly when the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) takes up its seats in the National Assembly. So, too, will be Dr. Nanda Kishore Gopaul and Robert Persaud. Harper and Gopaul have confirmed to Demerara ...

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GGMC management wants Clinton Williams fired as government chooses new board

by Zena Henry As government prepares to name a new Chairman and Board of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), differences have surfaced between the management of that regulatory authority and the incumbent chairman, Clinton Williams who has since mounted a strong defence of his integrity. Demerara Waves Online News was told that former high-ranking military officer has been ...

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Unconstitutional to deny former presidents, Granger hefty benefits

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday said a new law that seeks to cut the benefits and facilities of former presidents on grounds that it would be unconstitutional. Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall argued that three ex Guyanese Presidents and current President David Granger cannot lose their benefits because the constitution guarantees right to property, employment and security of ...

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