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APNU+AFC will be consulted on electoral reforms, says PPP

The governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says the main opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) will be consulted about Guyana’s electoral reform but government will drive the process with help from organisations like the International Republican Institute (IRI). “It is downright naïve for anyone to think that such a process can be undertaken without the input of ...

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Caribbean Federation of police associations refuses to recognise Guyana’s Police Association; Deputy Commissioner Brutus defends electoral process

The Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA) has refused to recognise Guyana’s newly-elected Police Association, charging that the legitimately elected executive was toppled before its term was completed and a new one elected in violation of the local association’s rules. “It is on this basis the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Association refuse to acknowledge the illegal and illegitimate ...

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IRI has no credibility to fix Guyana’s electoral process- WPA

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Saturday called for the International Republican Institute (IRI) electoral reform project to be discarded because the United States (US) does not have any credibility to do so. “We think it is an insult to Guyanese political intelligence that an organization so closely linked to the USA establishment and to one of its major political ...

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CCJ’s role in Guyana’s elections should be reduced- Granger

Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), David Granger has said the laws should be amended to reduce the role of the  Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Guyana’s elections. “I am of the view that in internal electoral matters, we need to strengthen the role of our own Court of Appeal and my own interpretation before the CCJ’s ...

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ACDA rejects US electoral reform project

The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) on Friday became the second civil society organisation to reject the role of the United States-headquartered International Republican Institute (IRI) to reform Guyana’s elections laws and the governance system. Restating its position on the need for a government of national unity, ACDA said the 18-month reform project was part of a United States- ...

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Chief Elections Officer to file arguments in DPP, Police Commissioner’s request for Statements of Poll, Recount

Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes on Friday filed initial court papers to represent the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield in the quest by the Police Commissioner and the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Registrar to produce and release “true copies” of the Statements of Poll and Statements of Recount for the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. Chief Justice Roxane ...

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GHRA says call off IRI electoral reform project, bring in CARICOM instead

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) is recommending that the US-funded electoral reform project be aborted and instead Guyana seek help from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) after there is compromise between the two major political parties. “”Continued association with Republican politics, even with ‘Republicanism-lite’ in the form of the IRI,  is unacceptable. If external electoral assistance is needed in Guyana, ...

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Alexander, Gunraj differ on need for Harmon, Ali or parliamentary constitutional reform committee approval of US-funded electoral reform project

The opposition-nominated Election Commissioners are opposed to the US-funded electoral reform project unless GECOM gets approval from the opposition and government or the parliamentary Constitutional Reform Committee , according to Election Commissioner Vincent Alexander. The project implementer,  the International Republican Institute (IRI), has identified the major focal points as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Attorney General Chambers and Civil Society ...

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Harmon asks US organisation for info on electoral reform project because Ali refusing to meet

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon has asked the implementers of a United States (US)-funded electoral reform project for information about an electoral reform project, saying that he is not optimistic that government would brief him because President Irfaan Ali has already refused to speak with him unless he recognises the government. “Given the concerns of our constituents, particularly in context of ...

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