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GECOM resolves vote-padding concerns, resumes verification of Region 4 votes

As supporters of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Wednesday night began congregating outside the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Region Four Returning Office, both major parties continued to claim victory in Monday’s general elections. The coalition supporters chanted intermittently their campaign slogan “Forward Ever, Backward Never,” after the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and observers, such as the ...

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Gary Best charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Rear Admiral Gary Best on Wednesday appeared in the Georgetown magistrates court charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. The former army Chief of Staff was accompanied by his Attorney Nigel Hughes. He was placed on $500,000 bail and will return to court on ...

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Region Four Returning Officer collapses, count suspended

The declaration of election results in Region Four – Demerara/Mahaica – has been further delayed because the Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo has fallen sick. Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward could not say whether this will delay the process. Sources say the counting may resume at 1:30pm Wednesday. She, however, notes that the Returning Officer is a ...

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EU election observation mission slams APNU+AFC, PPP for lack of transparency on campaign financing

The European Union (EU) election observation mission on Wednesday raised concerns about the financing of the 2020 election campaign by Guyana’s two major political parties and their use of state resources in the run-up to polling day. Head of the EU Observer Mission, Urmas Paet said “one of the most problematic” issues was political and campaign financing. “Here is complete ...

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OAS election observers recommends “comprehensive” voter registration system to deal with bloated voters list

The Organisation of American States (OAS) Election Observation Mission is recommending “comprehensive” reform of Guyana’s voter registration system and house-to-house registration soon after the March 2, 2020, general election. The mission said house-to-house registration should be conducted at given periods. “Undertaking a House-to-House registration exercise at the earliest opportunity upon completion of the election and periodically thereafter,” states the Observer ...

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Private sector fears delayed results will trigger “trouble”; OAS recommends high-tech system to receive and publish results

Even as the Private Sector Commission (PSC) expressed worry about the delay in delivering timely results of Monday’s general elections, the Organisation of American States (OAS) Observer Mission recommends that Guyana develops a high-tech system to receive and publish results in one or two days. It is now running into the second day since Guyanese voted in the March 2, ...

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Several arrested near St. Ambrose School polling place

Several men, who are believed to be licensed firearm holders, were arrested Monday night after they were trying to accompany a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) representative to follow the Statements of Poll and the Deputy Returning Officer, party officials said. ‘A’ Division Commander, Assistant Police Commissioner, Edgar Thomas said the men had nothing to do with the removal of ballot ...

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Riot police called out at Mon Repos to quell election tension

The polls in Guyana’s general elections were expected to officially close at 6 o’clock Monday evening, but after largely peaceful voting during most of the day riot police were called out at Mon Repos Village, East Coast Demerara, to keep two factions apart over allegations of electoral fraud. Riot police, armed with pellet guns, rubber bullets and teargas, were deployed ...

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US calls for respect of election results

The United States has appealed to all the political parties to respect the outcome of the general and regional elections. “After the people of Guyana have spoken, the United States stands ready to work with the next democratically elected administration, and I encourage all parties to respect the outcome,” American Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann-Lynch said in a statement. Just ...

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