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Alexander, Singh clash over “secondment” of GECOM official as LGE “Operations Coordinator”

Opposition Guyana Elections Commissioner Vincent Alexander and the GECOM Chairman Retired Justice Claudette Singh were Friday in a bitter disagreement over the “secondment” of the Information Technology Manager Aneal Giddings as an ‘Operations Coordinator’ in the Operations Department for this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE). Mr. Alexander, instead, maintained that the creation of the post of ‘Operations Coordinator’  and the  ...

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Biometric system at polling stations will be unconstitutional- GECOM Chairman

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Friday ruled out the use of electronic fingerprinting at polling stations, saying it risked disenfranchising electors and would amount to a violation of the country’s Constitution. “With specific reference to the call for the introduction of a biometric identification system at every Polling Station, the decision given by ...

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Nominations Day cancelled

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday effectively decided to push back the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE), commissioners said. Nominations Day was scheduled for December 12 and the elections for the neighbourhood an  town councils were slated for March 13, 2023. However, GECOM Commissioners Vincent Alexander and Sase Gunraj said Nominations Day has been canceled. No new ...

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Mingo did not use Statements of Poll, despite GECOM’s decision- GECOM Chairman

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Retired Justice Claudette Singh said the seven-member commission had decided that only statements of poll were to be used to tally elections results and she had even insisted to Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo that no spreadsheets were to be used. “I understood later that Mingo was using a spreadsheet… It would ...

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AFC parliamentarians won’t be sent packing after split from APNU- Forde

The nine Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarians would not lose their seats after that party officially walks away from the coalition with the People’s National Congress Reform-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) at month-end, coalition front-bencher Attorney-at-Law Roysdale Forde said Tuesday. “The list is one indivisible list for the life of the term and the Alliance For Change has ...

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Chief Election Officer presses for correction of of LGE voters lists

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday decided to push back discussions on correcting the register of voters for Local Government Elections and the power of the Minister of Local Government to demarcate constituency boundaries. If GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Vishnu Persaud’s proposal for a 14-day corrections exercise is accepted by the commission, he has already told the Chairman of ...

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Opposition coalition asks High Court to scrap preliminary voters list for Local Govt Elections

The opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) on Friday asked the High Court to block the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from using the existing voters list for the March 13 Local Government Elections on the grounds that it was extracted from the list for general and regional elections, and does not take consider residency of electors. “A ...

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High Court ruling outlaws Immigration, GECOM removing names of non-residents- Nandlall

Attorney General Anil Nandlall says the Chief Immigration Officer and the Commissioner of Registration of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) cannot collaborate to remove the names of non-resident Guyanese from the national database of registrants. “He fails to appreciate that insofar as that Regulation authorises the removal of names from the National Register of Registrants (NRR) on the basis of ...

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Opposition Leader criticises British High Commissioner because he disagrees with her position on voters list

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Tuesday discarded British High Commissioner Jane Miller’s view that the existing voters list could be used with current safeguards, but conceded that the opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) would only endorse positions that are in its interest. He said the British High Commissioner Jane Miller “must not be allowed ...

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GECOM never provided voters list information to UK High Commissioner- APNU+AFC Election Commissioner

The Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) never provided information about the voters list to United Kingdom High Commissioner Jane Miller who has said the existing roll can be used with safeguards at polling stations, opposition coalition Election Commissioner Vincent Alexander said at the weekend. “Not to my knowledge. There has been no such interaction…I was asking myself who told her and ...

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