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AFC submits name to Granger for GECOM Commissioner

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Tuesday announced that one of its representatives could soon be appointed an elections commissioner, following the death earlier this week of A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) representative on that body. “Upon his request, the party has submitted a name to His Excellency President David Granger for consideration in naming a replacement for Ms. ...

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AFC pushes for revised political agreement with APNU by early 2018 ahead of next local govt elections

The Alliance For Change (AFC) wants a revised political pact with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) before next year’s Valentine’s Day- February 14- the third anniversary of that agreement known as the Cummingsburg Accord. Following a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) at the weekend, the AFC said it wants the revised accord to be put in place ...

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“Political mischief” by “political opponents”- AFC on leaked email about GECOM Chairmanship

The Alliance For Change (AFC) headquarters in Guyana on Monday stopped short of openly criticising its chapter in Canada, only saying that the circulation of internal email on the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was the work of “political opponents”. “The Alliance For Change notes the circulation of documents on social media purporting to be ...

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GECOM Commissioner dies

Guyana Elections Commissioner, Sandra Jones, who had been ailing for several months, died early Monday morning, her nephew confirmed on Facebook. Jones had been nominated by the then opposition People’s National Congress Reform and took the oath of office on May 7, 2012. She was a human resources specialist had succeeded Robert Williams upon his passing. On her nephew, Courdel ...

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Region Nine Vice Chairman resigns

Region Nine Vice Chairman, Karl Singh has resigned but it is unclear whether his decision had anything to do with the use of a vehicle belonging to the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) or the findings of a Commission of Inquiry report into the discovery of an illegal plane in the Rupununi. His resignation for “personal reasons” came less than ...

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AFC Leaders advised Granger not to pick Jagdeo’s nominees for GECOM Chairmanship- internal correspondence

New evidence has surfaced showing that top Alliance For Change (AFC) leaders did in fact advise President David Granger not to pick any of¬†Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s second batch of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and that the Guyanese leader could go ahead and unilaterally appoint someone else of his choice. The surfacing ...

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GECOM’s budget cut for year of local govt elections; Finance Minister confident polls will be funded

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday questioned the logic behind why government has cut the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) budget by GY$800 million when Local Government Elections (LGE) are due in 2018, but Finance Minister Winston Jordan said there is a lot of leftover supplies. GECOM’s budget for next year has has been slashed from GY$3.7 billion to ...

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House Speaker says PPP parliamentarians failed to bait him, stop President’s address

House Speaker, Barton Scotland on Friday condemned strongly the waving of placards and heckling of President David Granger by opposition People’s Progressive Party parliamentarians while he was addressing the Parliament earlier this month. Dr. Scotland said despite the use of of pamphlets, and other bits of paper, some of them bearing poor spelling and even poor grammar, without his permission, ...

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Cease comments on the High Court challenge to the GECOM Chairman’s appointment

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire Thursday urged lawyers for both sides in a case challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to stop expressing opinions in the media about the matter. She asked the parties to cease “trying the case in the court of public opinion”. Her call was issued before she set ...

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PPP threatens “major expressions of disapproval” in Parliament again

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday threatened “major expressions of disapproval” if House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland blocks a full debate on a GY$10 billion allocation for constitutional agencies. “If the Speaker and the government try to truncate us raising these legitimate concerns of people across Guyana and try to shield the minister from him giving explanations for him acting ...

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