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Monthly Archives: April 2020

APNU+AFC labels PSC a PPP “stooge”; calls for elections audit, not mere recount

Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 22:45 by Writer A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) has labelled the Private Sector Commission (PSC) a “stooge” of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for insisting that a national recount would be a waste of time. This simplistic posture of the PSC, not only abrogates the transparency they claim to seek, ...

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GRA announces more tax relief measures due to COVID-19

Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 22:38 by Writer The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday announced a range of additional tax relief measures that will assist Guyanese as the country grapples with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax relief, the entity stated, will support businesses and individuals who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by the ...

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Doctors getting COVID-19 lab results quicker after filing objections; Medical Council warns against delays

Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 22:26 by Writer Doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are now receiving COVID-19 laboratory results in a timely manner, rather than having to wait 48 hours, according to the hospital’s Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey. “We have a medium now that is assisting us in getting the ...

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US ready to work with GECOM, international observers on recount -Pompeo

Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 22:20 by Writer United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has welcomed the decision by Guyana’s court system that effectively paves the way for a national recount of votes cast in last month’s general elections and pledged to work with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and foreign observers to get the task ...

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Drag racer is 5th COVID-19 death

Last Updated on Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 5:58 by Writer Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence on Monday night confirmed a fifth death in Guyana as a result of COVID-19. The deceased is a male, Deryck Jaisingh, from Region Four who passed away at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation earlier Monday evening. Jaisingh, known as ‘Mad Dog’ was a drag ...

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Guyana’s tourism sector loses earnings, jobs since COVID-19; appeal issued for govt relief

Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 22:04 by Writer The coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken a toll on Guyana’s tourism sector, resulting in a 46-percent decline in earnings and a 30-percent loss of jobs to date, according to the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). The authority, which is a semi-autonomous government agency, predicted that 50 percent of tourism businesses would have ...

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Private Sector Commission says total national recount “waste of time”

Last Updated on Monday, 6 April 2020, 20:54 by Writer The Private Sector Commission (PSC), one of the local organisations that observed last month’s general elections, Monday night urged the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to abandon plans for a total national recount of the votes cast and instead focus on Region Four where a questionable tabulation and declared results were ...

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GECOM agrees to recall CARICOM team to “validate” recount; Chief Elections Officer to craft plan

Last Updated on Monday, 6 April 2020, 18:03 by Writer The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has agreed that a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) high-level team should return to “validate” the recount of last month’s general election votes, even as the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield prepares a recount plan, elections commissioner Vincent Alexander said Monday. “We have decided today that ...

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DPP orders High Court for murder-accused Marcus Bisram

Last Updated on Monday, 6 April 2020, 17:57 by Writer Almost one week after the lower court effectively freed murder accused, Marcus Bisram, Bisram was Monday committed to stand trial for the indictable offence. Whim Magistrate, Renita Singh had twice found that there had been insufficient evidence during the preliminary inquiry for Bisram to stand trial by a High Court ...

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Trinidad’s Prime Minister has “a problem” with loose misinterpretation of CARICOM-supervision of recount; supports return of team

Last Updated on Monday, 6 April 2020, 17:51 by Writer Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley on Monday expressed concern that Guyana’s Court of Appeal in effect ruled that the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) breached Guyana’s laws by agreeing to supervise a recount of the country’s votes cast in last month’s general elections although the stated intention was ...

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