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Roger Khan misses anticipated deportation

Convicted Guyanese drug lord, Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan late Thursday night was a no-show in Guyana although he had been due to be deported by the United States (US) to his home-country. There appeared to be very low-level security at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) that seemed to suggest that Khan was no longer coming Thursday night. Sources said Khan ...

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Venezuelan rivals cross swords over relinquishing claim of oil-rich Guyana’s Essequibo

Reproduced from Argus Media Venezuela’s rival political authorities are trading accusations of relinquishing the country’s historical claim to a large swath of neighboring Guyana on the eve of ExxonMobil’s launch of offshore production there. Venezuela’s executive vice president Delcy Rodriguez today released what she says is a months-old tape of Vanessa Neumann, the UK envoy of opposition leader Juan Guaido, ...

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ERC probes race remarks against WPA executive member

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has begun investigating a report of alleged racially insensitive remarks by Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member, Desmond Trotman against the Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Gerry Gouveia. ERC Chief Investigator, former Deputy Police Commissioner Alvin Smith told Demerara Waves/News-Talk Radio Guyana that he has asked Trotman for a meeting. Gouveia has said ...

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Printing of national ID cards can take at least three months – PPP elections commissioner

Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP) elections commissioner, Sase Gunraj says the printing of national identification cards can take more than three months. “We are hearing about the production of ID cards now. The smallest timeframe provided by the Secretariat is 92 days and it goes all the way to 140 days. While those are overlapping events, the issue that ...

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PPP likely to object to overseas printing of national ID cards

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday appeared poised to object to any idea of having Guyana’s national identification cards printed in Jamaica. Sources in that parliamentary opposition party told News-Talk Radio Guyana that to print Guyana’s national identification cards in Jamaica will be a backward step. The source says the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was unaware that the ...

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Jamaica can print Guyanese ID cards but fingerprint cross-matching will not be timely

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has said it would be unable to cross-match the fingerprints of the more than 370,000 persons in a timely manner, but will be prepared to produce national identification cards for Guyanese, a senior official of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) said Monday. The source said top EOJ officials made known their positions to Deputy ...

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PPP lawmaker, former GRDB official freed of fraud charges

Three of seven former officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and the Ministry of Agriculture were Friday freed of fraud charges totalling GYD$362 million, and already defence lawyers are asking the Magistrates’ court to dismiss similar charges against the four others. Freed are former GRDB Director, Nigel Dharamlall, then Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema ...

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GECOM divided on merging voter registration data; Jamaican assistance sought on fingerprint verification

Guyana’s electoral commissioners representing the governing coalition and the opposition were Wednesday at odds over whether the names of about 300,000 persons collected during the month-long house-to-house registration exercise can be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR). The governing A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC)-nominated elections commissioner Vincent Alexander said after listening to arguments ...

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House-to-house registration to end on August 31

The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh has ordered that the now more-than-one-month-old house-to-house registration will come to an end on Saturday, August 31 and the data would be merged. “Cognizant of all that has transpired over the past months, GECOM has an obligation to produce a credible Official List of Electors (OLE) in the ...

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OPINION: A poll that Guyana could have done without

by GHK Lall I am perplexed about that poll making the media rounds. Was it really needed? What purpose served? What difference does it make? Still, it is there and a few words (few only) are spared in recognition of its existence. First, was it really needed? Speaking for myself only, it restated the boring, and confirmed far and wide, ...

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