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Region Five recount likely to begin Thursday

The highest number of ballot boxes was  recounted yesterday, Day- 8 of the national recount of votes cast more than two months ago.. Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) spokeswoman Yolanda Ward confirmed that a total of 56 ballot boxes were recounted on Day eight, May 13, 2020. Counting stations supervisors were able to recount 15 boxes for region 1, eleven for ...

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Iwokrama to use high-tech drones to spot illegal miners

The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation says it will be using technology to monitor and catch gold miners and other people engaged in illegal activity in or near the 371,000 hectare (almost one million acre) reserve, in the wake of unauthorised mining that has damaged the forest floor. “The Centre is installing cameras in certain areas and has also ...

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Lethem Hospital workers, families quarantined

At least five health care workers, who work at the Lethem Hospital, and family members have been quarantined because they recently came into contact with a COVID-19 positive man. Region Nine Executive Officer, Carl Parker says in all 14 people, have been quarantined. Parker says they will remain out of  contact with anyone else to observe whether they develop any ...

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Elections Commissioner denies assaulting doctor during temperature check; police called in

Police were Wednesday investigating an allegation that Elections Commissioner Robeson Benn assaulted a doctor at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre while she was checking his temperature. Benn confirmed to Demerara Waves Online News/ News-Talk Radio that police asked him to give a statement on the incident but he instead asked them to write and return with a statement for him ...

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“If each of the political parties genuinely believe it has won, then they should have no fear of the current recount”- CARICOM’s Representative to the OAS

IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE STATEMENT OF CARICOM AMBASSADORS at the OAS (delivered by the Chair of the Group, Ambassador Noel Lynch of Barbados) on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at a Meeting of the Permanent Council on the item: Update on the March 2, 2020 general elections in Guyana. A report by the Chief of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission His Excellency ...

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GECOM explores establishing more recount workstations

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday began exploring the establishment of more workstations to help speed up the recount of votes cast in the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections,officials said. GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Warde said the seven-member body agreed to invite Public Health officials for advice on the proposed areas for the new workstations, in light of ...

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COVID-19 positive man escapes from Lethem Hospital, caught in Brazil

The Guyanese man, who tested positive for COVID-19, escaped from a Lethem Hospital isolation facility, and fled to neighbouring Brazil where he was caught and admitted to a hospital, a senior official confirmed. Due to the fact that he poses a serious risk to the residents of the Lethem and other Rupununi communities, Region Nine Executive Officer  Karl Parker said ...

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GECOM to review vote recount deadline, handling of unproven allegations

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will Tuesday meet to discuss, among other things, a possible extension of the deadline for the recount of votes cast in the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections and address opposition concerns about observations that have drawn stiff objections from the private sector and the opposition. “We are going to meet to review what ...

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Fire destroys buildings in Bartica

Fire late Monday night destroyed at least two buildings opposite the Bartica Police Station in that gold mining township. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. One of the now destroyed buildings housed the Morocco Hotel and a bar, and the other Bolo’s clothing store. The building that housed the hotel and bar belonged to the family of ...

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Flood warning issued due to heavy rainfall

A flood warning is issued for flood-prone areas over the next few hours due to ongoing rainfall that is expected to continue until Thursday, May 14, 2020. “The Civil Defence Commission is urging residents in high-risk communities to take the necessary precautions,” the agency said. Further, kindly call the Civil Defence Commission, 24 hours National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on ...

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