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GECOM Chairman to make key recount decisions on Friday

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh will Friday hand down crucial decisions that will determine how long the national recount of ballots cast in last month’s general elections would take. Election Commissioner Vincent Alexander said Singh reported that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) already expressed concerned that 20 workstations would result in too much congestion of ...

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Granger listed as “United States citizen” in Guyana gov’t dossier to lobby US lawmakers; spokesman says President never held foreign citizenship

Incumbent President David Granger is listed as a “United States citizen” in a Guyana government dossier that is being used to lobby the US government and lawmakers, in the face of mounting international pressure for the results of last month’s general elections to be declared free and fair. Presidential spokesman, Mark Archer, however, told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM that ...

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Gov’t warns US that PPP poses geo-political, economic risks to South America

The incumbent A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition administration, labelling itself as “pro-American”, is warning the United States (US) that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) poses a geopolitical and economic threat due its close ties with China, Russia and Venezuela. “If the PPP gets control of Guyana, China and Russia will control the Northern region of ...

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PPP accuses gov’t of spending taxpayers money to defend APNU+AFC in US; Harmon defends decision for gov’t, country

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday accused government of spending thousands of United States (US) dollars of taxpayers’ money to pay an American lobbying firm to defend A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) against claims of electoral process, but a top government official fired back, saying that government has a legitimate right to defend Guyana’s image. ...

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Elections Commissioner Alexander proposes 8 recount workstations; Commissioner Gunraj sticks with 20

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is now tasked with determining whether to use eight, five or 20 computer workstations for a national recount of ballots cast the March general elections. Pro-coalition Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander said his proposal for eight counting stations was tabled after he and other election commissioners, GECOM Chairman Retired Justice Claudette Singh, Chief Elections Officer Keith ...

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Start date for national vote recount “likely” today

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Wednesday afternoon indicated that a date for the start for the national recount of votes cast in March’s general elections is likely to be decided soon and that the exercise could be finished by April 30, 2020. These indications came from GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh and pro-coalition Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander shortly ...

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OAS elections observer mission calls for removal of biased persons from national vote recount

The Organisation of American States (OAS) election observer mission on Wednesday frowned on Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield’s proposed 156-day duration for a recount of votes cast in general elections in March. The Chief of the OAS Observer Mission, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding also issued a call for the removal of biased persons from the recount ...

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GECOM reinvites CARICOM as site visit planned for national vote recount venue

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday invited the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to again send a team to help scrutinise the recount of votes that were cast in last month’s general elections, election commissioners confirmed. “We have taken a decision to reengage them. They have been communicated with. We do not, as yet, have a feedback as far as ...

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PPP, PNCR executives differ on need for elections audit or vote recount

Top executive members of the the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress Reform-led incumbent coalition are at odds over whether there should be a basic numerical national recount of votes cast in last month’s general elections or an audit. PPP executive member, Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall said there was no need for an audit to examine the voters’ ...

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Recount is illegal -PNCR member, James Bond; GECOM yet to discard 10 declarations

Even as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh has so far not asked the seven-member decision-making body to decide the fate of the 10 regional declarations of last month’s general elections, a prominent member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) insisted that recount is illegal. Attorney-at-Law, James Bond, however, made it clear that ...

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