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GECOM has no power to tackle alleged forgeries but names are removed after concrete objections – Chief Election Officer

Chief Election Officer of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM),  Vishnu Persaud on Wednesday said the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was not empowered legally to investigate allegations of forgery related to the nominati0n process for the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections (LGE), but said whenever objections are filed the contestants are informed of “defects” and changes are made. Further, he ...

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High Court rules President did not breach Constitution on appointment of Chancellor, Chief Justice but declares time for Ali, Norton to appoint substantive office holders

The High Court on Wednesday ruled that President Irfaan Ali did not violate Guyana’s Constitution because there was no consultation with the then Opposition Leader on the appointment of a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice, but frowned on the overall decades-long delay in the non-appointment of permanent office holders to those two top judicial posts. “This court finds that given ...

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Norton threatens to stop local govt elections over “widespread forgery”

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Tuesday threatened to take action to stop the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections for Guyana’s 70 neighbourhood and 10 town councils because of numerous unsettled claims of alleged forgery by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). “If you have before you a number of people who have forged signatures and up until now GECOM ...

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Govt, opposition to finetune Single Window Planning and Development Bill; opposition wants major say in administration, appeals process

Legislation that will allow land-users and infrastructure developers to apply for approvals at one location was Monday sent to a bipartisan select committee for further consideration, but already the opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) is recommending that the Opposition Leader be allowed to nominate a member of the Oversight Committee. Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal ...

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India, Caricom agree to hold annual business summit; Guyana touted as regional hub for Indian businesses

India’s Foreign Minister  Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Saturday said he and his counterparts of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agreed that there would be annual business summit aimed at boosting trade in goods and services. “We agreed that it would be our endeavour every year to hold an India-CARICOM business summit- one year in the Caribbean, one year in India- ...

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US refuses to provide Guyana info on seized Home Ministry PS’ phone

The United States (US) has formally refused to share any information about the reason for seizing the mobile phone of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mae Toussaint Jr.- Thomas, but pointed to standard reasons for checking on incoming passengers. Her phone was taken away by US Customs Border and Protection (CBP) agents on her arrival in the ...

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Police, PPP open hotlines to report Local Govt irregularities

Amid claims and counter-claims of irregularities in the nomination process for the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections, police said they were probing reports of threats and intimidation against persons who voluntarily decided to participate in the democratic process. “These acts of unlawful threats and intimidations will not be condoned by the Guyana Police Force,” that law enforcement agency said, ...

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PPP, APNU trade accusations of Local Govt Elections irregularities; Jagdeo accuses APNU of intimidation

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Thursday accused each other of irregularities in the nomination process for the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections, even as the PPPC said its main opponent was contesting in only 45 percent of the constituencies. APNU provided letters of 13 persons mainly in the Union-Naarstigheid Local ...

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APNU claims PPP forged some backers’ signatures; no effort made to win over PPP supporters- Norton

Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Aubrey Norton on Tuesday accused the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) of forging the signatures of backers for a number of its candidates in the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections. He promised that evidence would be provided to the media to support APNU’s allegations of ...

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