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Daily Archives: October 23, 2017

PPP moves to High Court to quash GECOM Chairman’s appointment

The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday filed a High Court action, asking that President David Granger’s appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be quashed because he is allegedly biased and the Guyanese leader violated the Constitution by picking him. “In all the circumstances, the exercise of the President’s discretion and ...

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Mystery fire guts Corentyne home

A fire of unknown origin today gutted a wooden two story home at around 5:00 pm at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne. When Demerara Waves Online arrived at the scene of the fire at Crawford Street, public-spirited residents were battling the blaze while awaiting the arrival of the fire tenders. Occupant of the home, Lite Moore stood helplessly in a corner ...

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Berbice police discover skeletal remains in school compound

Police in Berbice are investigating the discovery of human remains in an abandoned school yard in New Amsterdam. According to information received, police were called to the scene at RVC private school after persons working in the area discovered the skeletal remains. It was reported that the school which was out of operation for over three years was in the ...

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Guyana’s first local govt commission sworn in; to guard against “unlawful, executive and political intrusion” – Granger

Guyana’s first ever eight-member Local Government Commission, whose mandate includes hiring and firing officers, was Monday sworn in as a means of ending illegality and ministerial involvement in the affairs of the local government system, President David Granger said. He said the swearing in of the Commission signals respect for constitutional rights and protections. Local democracy- the third tier of ...

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GECOM Chairman not a PNC member, says Pres. Granger

In the wake of concerns that Retired Justice James Patterson was hand-picked to become Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) because he is a loyalist of the largest party in the governing coalition, President David Granger on Monday debunked  claims of the elections chief’s party membership. Granger, who is also leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), said ...

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No legal basis for giving reasons for rejecting Jagdeo’s nominees for GECOM Chairmanship- Granger

President David Granger on Monday appeared cautious about giving reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, adding that a recent  High Court ruling is not enforceable. He said the constitution does not require him to do so and he was wary about the implications of doing so in a ...

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2011 prison escapee charged with murder

A 43-year-old prisoner, who was recently recaptured in Suriname after escaping lawful custody in 2011,  was Monday slapped with a murder charge. The accused, Rickford La Fleur, appeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Alex Moore to answer to the charge. The court heard that on Sunday May 1st, 2011 at the New Amsterdam Prison, the accused murdered ...

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