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National recount of general election votes begins

The Guyana Elections Commission  on Wednesday morning began the long-awaited national recount of all votes cast in general elections held on March 2, 2020. Security was tight. Police deployed sniffer dogs to check for explosives in vehicles. Except for diplomats, the Chief Elections Officer and Election Commissioners, everyone else was subjected to strict security checks. Even a set of meals ...

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GECOM begins moving ballots to venue for national recount

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday morning began moving more than 400,000 ballots from its headquarters at Kingston, Georgetown to the Arthur Chung Conference Centre at Liliendaal where the national recount is expected to begin on Wednesday. The first two or more than 12 shipping containers left GECOM’s headquarters, Kingston at about 9:01 AM under tight escort by heavily ...

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GTT reopens stores after gearing up for coronavirus

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Monday announced that it would be reopening its stores from this week Wednesday now that the company has acquired Personal Protective Equipment and installed  hand-washing facilities. Weeks after the closure of its retail stores in a bid to support the global call for physical distancing during this pandemic, GTT said it has ...

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ExxonMobil’s Payara development plan comes under scrutiny

ExxonMobil’s planned development of the Payara reservoir offshore Guyana is coming under intense scrutiny before government gives the green light for the consortium’s operational plan when the country’s two-month long election controversy is resolved, officials said on Monday. Director of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Environment, Dr. Mark Bynoe told a virtual news conference that several issues have ...

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GECOM won’t automatically use recount data to declare election results; President maintains elections were “free, fair”

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will not automatically accept the findings of the recount to declare a winner of the March 2, 2020 general elections, but will first decide whether to ask the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to submit a report to the seven-member body. “The Commission shall, after deliberating on the report at paragraph 11, determine whether it ...

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GECOM Commissioner Alexander slams PPP on objections to matching votes with voters

Pro-coalition Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander on Sunday evening slammed  objections by the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to matching the number of votes in the ballot box with the names that have been crossed off by polling day staff at the March 2, 2020 polls. GECOM  decided on Sunday to issue and publish an order in the Official Gazette for ...

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