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Monthly Archives: August 2019

General elections likely in December -WPA

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2019, 16:59 by Writer 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 ...

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Gov’t achieved “certain big things” but no guarantee promises won’t be broken again -WPA

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2019, 16:50 by Writer The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Friday¬† admitted not doing enough to push the government to address failed promises such as constitutional reform, collective bargaining and award of contracts to small contractors, but could offer no guarantees that there would not be a repeat if the governing coalition wins again. ...

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019, 16:55 by Writer 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 ...

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:37 by Writer 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 ...

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019, 11:43 by Writer 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 ...

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 21:42 by Writer 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 ...

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 17:44 by Writer 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 ...

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National budget one-twelfth formula to be activated if no general elections before Dec 31

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 12:44 by Writer The Guyana government would have to resort to using one-twelfth of this year’s national budget and would be unable to finance new projects if general elections are not called before yearend, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said. He said this year’s budget expires on December 31. “Come January, people will be ...

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Political climate dampens investors buyout of GuySuCo estates -Finance Minister

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 12:28 by Writer Political uncertainty, including threats to review deals, has posed a setback in the sale of several Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said Wednesday. “The sale of the estates has been delayed partly due to the political side because nobody is expressing interest when the opposition (People’s ...

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Finance Minister boasts 5 straight years of economic growth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 12:17 by Denis Chabrol Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Wednesday projected a 4.5 percent growth in Guyana’s economy for this year, five straight years of continuous growth compared to the Bharrat Jagdeo-led administration. Speaking at the presentation of the 2019 mid-year report, he said this year’s growth rate has been revised again. Originally, ...

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