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GECOM confirms 90-day house-to-house registration from July 20; election preparations begin

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday confirmed that house-to-house registration would begin on Saturday, July 20 and end in another three months. GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward said the teams have been “doubled” with the aim of completing the house-to-house registration process in “the shortest possible time” and there was a likelihood that it could be wrapped up ahead of ...

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House lot applicants have to wait another year -Ferguson

East Coast Demerara residents would have to wait until another 18 months to receive house lots, as the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) continues to grapple with a backlog of more than 40,000 applications, Junior Housing Minister Annette Ferguson said Wednesday. Addressing a government outreach at Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, Ferguson told residents that when the lands are ...

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Culpable City Hall officers won’t be fired; no documents handed over to Auditor General

Even as the Local Government Commission (LGC) prepares to decide the fate of several Georgetown City Council officers against whom disciplinary action had been recommended by an inquiry, the administration is yet to hand over records to allow the Auditor General to conduct an audit into the financial dealings. LGC Deputy Chairman, Andrew Garnett told Demerara Waves Online News that ...

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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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Local Government Commission 2019 budgetary shortfall delaying its salaries, other payments; Finance Ministry to decide

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities, Emil McGarrel Friday night ruled counter-signing cheques for the Local Government Commission (LGC) to pay salaries, utility and other bills until the Finance Ministry says how it intends to finance a shortfall. “What they have submitted is something (a work programme) that is showing a shortfall that is outside of the budget. I ...

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Cash-starved Local Gov’t Commission “effectively shut down”

The Local Government Commission (LGC) on Friday announced that it has been “effectively shut down” because the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities has refused to countersign cheques for salaries and other expenses. LGC Chairman Mortimer Mingo said the Permanent Secretary argued that the salaries were above the pay scales of the traditional public service. Mingo said the LGC ...

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