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GECOM seeks to shorten deadlines to hold elections this year – governing coalition

Top representatives of the governing coalition were told by the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh that she hopes to be ready for elections late this year. Shortly after a meeting with the seven-member commission, leader of the coalition’s delegation, Volda Lawrence told reporters that GECOM would seek to shorten some administrative deadlines to be ...

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Chief Elections Officer admitted to Caribbean Heart Institute

The Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield was Tuesday afternoon admitted to the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI), well-placed sources disclosed. The sources said Lowenfield already underwent a series of tests as doctors continue to monitor his condition. He reportedly left Tuesday afternoon’s meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission prematurely after complaining of feeling unwell. This is the second time in about ...

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Jagdeo cautiously optimistic about GECOM meeting outcome

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo earlier Tuesday emerged from a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) guardedly optimistic about the next steps. Mr. Jagdeo said he and his delegation from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) expressed concern about several issues. He says the solution is to move swiftly to claims and objections. He said he and his delegation went through ...

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Spending oil money impossible before elections – Finance Minister

Due to the failure of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to nominate representatives to sit on an oversight committee to manage Guyana’s Natural Resources Fund (NRF), also known as the Sovereign Wealth Fund, Finance Minister Winston Jordan says government will be unable to spend the monies until after general elections. He said if ...

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Chief Elections Officer says elections possible in March; PPP demands polls in November

The Chief Elections Officer and team on Friday told the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission that the earliest the machinery can be ready for general elections is next year March. The government-nominated elections commissioners appear not to be challenging that timeframe. Vincent Alexander, one of the three government-nominated election commissioners says he will not object to a March timeframe. “I have ...

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Printing of national ID cards can take at least three months – PPP elections commissioner

Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP) elections commissioner, Sase Gunraj says the printing of national identification cards can take more than three months. “We are hearing about the production of ID cards now. The smallest timeframe provided by the Secretariat is 92 days and it goes all the way to 140 days. While those are overlapping events, the issue that ...

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PPP likely to object to overseas printing of national ID cards

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday appeared poised to object to any idea of having Guyana’s national identification cards printed in Jamaica. Sources in that parliamentary opposition party told News-Talk Radio Guyana that to print Guyana’s national identification cards in Jamaica will be a backward step. The source says the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was unaware that the ...

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Jamaica can print Guyanese ID cards but fingerprint cross-matching will not be timely

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has said it would be unable to cross-match the fingerprints of the more than 370,000 persons in a timely manner, but will be prepared to produce national identification cards for Guyanese, a senior official of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) said Monday. The source said top EOJ officials made known their positions to Deputy ...

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GECOM divided on merging voter registration data; Jamaican assistance sought on fingerprint verification

Guyana’s electoral commissioners representing the governing coalition and the opposition were Wednesday at odds over whether the names of about 300,000 persons collected during the month-long house-to-house registration exercise can be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR). The governing A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC)-nominated elections commissioner Vincent Alexander said after listening to arguments ...

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BREAKING: House-to-house registration to end on August 31

The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh has ordered that the now more-than-one-month-old house-to-house registration will come to an end on Saturday, August 31 and the data would be merged. “Cognizant of all that has transpired over the past months, GECOM has an obligation to produce a credible Official List of Electors (OLE) in the ...

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