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Guyana gov’t will “honour and obey” CCJ judgments on no-confidence motion, GECOM Chairman appointment

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said Friday that the Guyana government would abide by next week Tuesday’s judgments on whether last December’s no-confidence motion is valid and if President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is unconstitutional. “Whatever decision the court arrives at, it is a decision, ...

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Caribbean Court sets June 18 “tentatively” for no-confidence decision

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has set a tentative date of next week Tuesday for a decision on whether last December’s no-confidence motion was validly passed by Guyana’s National Assembly, lawyers for the parties confirmed. Attorney-at-Law, Sanjeev Datadin, who is representing Charrandass Persaud, and Attorney-at-Law Roysdale Forde, who is  representing Joseph Harmon, told Demerara Waves Online News that June ...

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AG asks Caribbean Court to consider new evidence from Charrandass Persaud implicating Ramjattan

Attorney General, Basil Williams has asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to take new evidence showing that then government parliamentarian, Charrandass Persaud, had known since 2015 that he ought not to have been a candidate because he holds dual citizenship. In court papers seen by Demerara Waves Online News, Williams told the Trinidad-headquartered Court that on May 11, 2019 ...

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House to house registration to begin in three weeks

A top administrative official of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) late Thursday afternoon disputed claims that there was a delay in the commencement of house-to-house registration due to procurement hiccups, and said that process is set to begin in another three weeks. The official explained that now that training of staff has been completed, an evaluation would be done before ...

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Start of house-to-house registration delayed

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has pushed back its house-to-house registration exercise that was scheduled to begin this week, officials said Thursday. A senior official of the electoral management authority told Demerara Waves Online News that the delay was due to the procurement of materials not being finalised. Another source added, “all the elements did not flow in accordance with ...

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Afro-Guyanese pushing for return to village councils because NDCs have taken control

Afro-Guyanese on Sunday signaled they would be accelerating lobbying for a return to village councils because the existing local governance system has removed their ownership and direct responsibility for their villages, but the Guyana Reparations Committee said a special law is needed for land rights and local governance. Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana (IDPADA-G), ...

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Gov’t asks Parliament for GYD$3.4 billion to hold elections

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Wednesday asked Parliament to approve GYD$3.4 billion for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to conduct electoral polls, even as the country awaits a crucial decision on the validity of last December’s no-confidence motion against the ruling APNU+AFC coalition. The supplementary funding request is expected to be debated and passed by the National Assembly next week. ...

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Expired voters’ list should be revised, no need for “new” list – legal adviser tells GECOM

The Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzell has told the bipartisan seven-member body that the voters’ list that expired last month-end should be revised and the law does not provide for a new voters’ roll to be created, advice that at least one ruling coalition commissioner has condemned as an act of “deceit”. The opinion, which was seen ...

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AFC’s US campaign firm can’t be compared to PPP’s disinformation plan – Ramjattan

Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan has defended his party’s decision to have hired a United States (US)-based company that said it targeted undecided voters and helped secure a victory for the governing APNU+AFC coalition, even as he said it would not be the same as the opposition’s plan to peddle fake news and disinformation in the ...

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Patterson may be returned as GECOM Chairman after CCJ ruling – Ramjattan

Retired Justice James Patterson might be returned as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), if the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rules that President David Granger should have given reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 nominees, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan says. “If the Court rules that the President has to give reasons, ...

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