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Govt minister calls judges “PNC activists” amid condemnation

Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall continues to criticise Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings and Justice of Appeal Dawn Gregory after they ruled that the Guyana Court of Appeal could hear an appeal on the dismissal of an opposition election petition. Mr. Dharamlall’s latest criticism of the Justices of Appeal was in reaction to opposition Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) ...

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Dharamlall withdraws offensive comments against Court of Appeal judges after Bar Association’s rebuke

In the wake of concerns by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA), Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall Wednesday afternoon withdrew his call for the Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings and Justice of Appeal Dawn Gregory to be removed because he thinks their election petition-related judgement and another decision are biased. When contacted, Mr. Dharamlall said he edited the post to ...

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Dharmlall’s criticism of Appeal Court judges violates judiciary’s independence-AFC

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday said Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall’s call for two Guyana Court of Appeal judges to be removed smacks of executive  interference and intimidation of the Judiciary.  “Dharamlall’s statement is also viewed as an open attempt to intimidate Judges into ruling in the government’s favour. It threatens the independence of our Judiciary,” the AFC ...

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As Govt prepares to appeal to Caribbean Court, Dharamlall takes on Ferguson, Nestor over his criticisms of Chancellor, Justice of Appeal

Even as Attorney General Anil Nandlall announced that government would be appealing a Guyana Court of Appeal decision that it has jurisdiction to hear an election petition appeal,  Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall on Wednesday defended his description of the Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings and Justice of Appeal Dawn Gregory as “biased”. “The next step is that the ...

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Government Minister scathingly criticised for calling for removal of Court of Appeal judges

Minister of Local Government, Nigel Dharamlall’s public call for the removal of two Court of  Appeal judges after they ruled against his People’s Progressive Party in an election petition case was Tuesday night sharply condemned by opposition parliamentarian Annette Ferguson and other supporters of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). Shortly after the majority 2-1 decision by Justice Dawn Gregory ...

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Chief Election Officer promises to stick to the law; says local government elections possible next year

Mr. Vishnu Persaud was Tuesday morning sworn in as Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) new Chief Election Officer, promising to be “neutral” and to obey the country’s election laws. “Nobody has to have any worry about my neutrality or that I may deviate from the path of what is lawful and proper,” he told reporters shortly after taking the oath of ...

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AFC, APNU stances on appointment of GECOM Chief Election Officer differ

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Saturday set itself a part from its major coalition partner, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), in staying clear of criticising the process that led to the appointment of Vishnu Persaud as Guyana’s new Chief Election Officer. The AFC highlighted that anyway the appointment went, it would have been rejected by half of Guyana’s ...

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Opposition Leader accuses GECOM Chairman of bias towards PPP

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon on Friday lampooned the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh for voting with the pro-People’s Progressive Party (PPP) election commissioners to appoint Vishnu Persaud as Chief Election Officer. “The Chairman of GECOM yet again shifted the goal post and changed the rules of the game to suit the People’s Progressive Party,” ...

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GECOM in showdown over Vishnu Persaud for Chief Election Officer

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday appeared split down the middle over whether former Deputy Chief Election Officer (DCEO) Vishnu Persaud should be given the nod to succeed Keith Lowenfield as Chief Election Officer (CEO). Pro-People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Elections Commissioner, Bibi Shadick was quite confident that Mr. Persaud could be appointed “hopefully by the end of the ...

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Govt, opposition weigh in on proposed life sentence, hefty fines for election offences

The opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) and A New and United Guyana (ANUG) disagree with the GY$10 million fines and life imprisonment for a number of election offences but the government said attempts to cheat an election amount to toppling an elected government. ANUG Chairman, Attorney-at-Law Timothy Jonas said the way the proposed amendments to the Representation of the People ...

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