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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Granger constitutionally declares March 2, 2020 as general elections date

Amid mounting international pressure to end “political uncertainty”, President David Granger at midnight Monday proclaimed March 2, 2020 as the date for general and regional council elections. “The President, by the power vested in him by Article 61 of the Constitution of Guyana, to by proclamation, appoint the day for an election under Article 60 (2) appoints 2nd March 2020 ...

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GECOM revokes controversial claims and objections order and reverts to customary system

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday backed down from a gazetted plan for all eligible electors in the country to take their records to a commission location for verification, and instead reverted to the customary Claims and Objections process. GECOM Chairman, Justice (Rtd.) Claudette Singh’s National Registration (Residents) Order of September 26 had required all 646, 625 persons, once ...

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Police operations being regionalised

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has begun realigning its operations in accordance with the country’s 10 administrative regions. Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan on Monday disclosed that the regionalisation of the police force is being gradually rolled out and will eventually be formally launched. He says divisional headquarters and living quarters are now being built in a number of interior ...

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Gov’t “actively” considering proposed direct cash transfers of oil money to households – Foreign Minister

Foreign Affairs Minister, Karen Cummings has said the Guyana government has been actively considering the Working People’s Alliance’s (WPA) proposal of direct cash transfers of some oil revenues to Guyana’s households. “I would say it’s in progress. We are still continuing how we are going to actually do this cash transfer so I don’t want to give myself liberty right ...

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Homes, farms, livestock under high tide floods in Region 5

Release from the Civil Defence Commission: The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) received reports of flooding in the Mahaica-West Berbice Region (Region 5). The floods are as a result of above-normal high tides predicted at approximately 3.31 meters. The effects of the tides have been exacerbated by a breach in the Danzic sea defence dam. Over 200 meters of the structure ...

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MAPM’s Gaskin says no talks yet with PPP; “independence”, “change” are key

The Mass Action People’s Movement’s (MAPM) Marcel Gaskin on Sunday said he has so far not held any talks with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) or the Civic component but he did not rule out joining the Civic in certain conditions. Gaskin said those conditions include having a certain degree of “independence” and the PPP’s commitment to reform “If ...

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Fallout in MAPM after top activists eye PPP’s Civic

There has been a fallout in the Mass Action People’s Movement (MAPM) after two leading activists, Don Singh and Marcel Gaskin, appeared poised to join the Civic component of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Gaskin told Demerara Waves Online News that it was “regrettable” that he was not contacted for a comment because “up to this point I have ...

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GECOM’s new Claims and Objections method is “backdoor” attempt to remove names from voters list, flouts laws – former House Speaker

Former House Speaker, Ralph Ramkarran on Sunday said the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) request for all persons on the preliminary voters’ list to self-verify their existence by going to commission outposts with their registration records flouts the constitution, laws and the High Court. “It is clear that the intention behind the order requiring persons “in Guyana” whose names appear on ...

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Leading MAPM activists join PPP’s Civic

Two leading architects and activists of the Mass Action People’s Movement (MAPM), an organisation that originally opposed the introduction of parking meters in Georgetown, have decided to join the loosely-knit Civic component of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Don Singh confirmed that he and Marcel Gaskin have decided to be part of the Civic group and will push “from ...

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WPA brands cash transfer gov’t critics “ignars”; calls on Granger to clarify position

Working People’s Alliance co-leader, Economics Professor, Clive Thomas has labelled as “ignars” those in government who have rebuffed his proposed transfer of 10 percent after-tax oil revenues to households. Professor Thomas has proposed that by 2025 when Guyana’s oil production soars to about 1 million to 2.5 million barrels per day, each household should get US$5,000 every year. Guyana has ...

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