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Spending oil money impossible before elections – Finance Minister

Due to the failure of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to nominate representatives to sit on an oversight committee to manage Guyana’s Natural Resources Fund (NRF), also known as the Sovereign Wealth Fund, Finance Minister Winston Jordan says government will be unable to spend the monies until after general elections. He said if ...

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PPP presses for elections in October

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday believed that the governing coalition’s plot to “sanitise” his party’s supporters from the voters’ list has been foiled by a recent High Court ruling that no one can be removed from the National Register of Registrants. “They wanted to sanitise a lot of us from the list so when election day comes a lot ...

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General elections likely in December -WPA

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Friday said it gleaned that general elections could be held in December, based on the house-to-house registration schedule and preparations for the polls. Executive member, David Hinds said if the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) sticks to its calendar for house-to-house registration, which began on July 20, to be completed by October followed by claims ...

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GECOM awaits written High Court decision; 230,000 registered so far

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday did not discuss the implications of the High Court judgement on house-to-house registration and related matters because commissioners were yet to obtain a copy of the written decision by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, an elections commissioner said. Government-appointed elections commissioner, Vincent Alexander expected the seven-member body to meet again by Monday before GECOM ...

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WPA calls on PPP to extend life of government ahead of poll preparations

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a vocal member of the governing coalition, on Thursday urged the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to agree to an extension of the deadline by which general elections ought to be held, in the wake of Wednesday’s High Court ruling that blessed the constitutionality of house-to-house registration. “The WPA calls on the PPP to acknowledge ...

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Chris Ram won’t appeal Chief Justice’s decision says lawyer

Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall on Thursday backed down from his plan to appeal Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire’s decision that house-to-house registration is not unconstitutional, saying that the case achieved the major objective of preventing the removal of thousands of persons from the National Register of Registrants. “In the circumstances, after a more mature consideration of the Chief Justice’s decision and after ...

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Jagdeo, GECOM lawyer, AG Williams bicker over High Court’s decision that registered persons can’t be removed from list

Lawyers for Christopher Ram and the Guyana Elections Commission on Wednesday said they were prepared to appeal a High Court decision for different reasons, even as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo claimed a legal victory that Guyanese cannot be removed from the National Register of Registrants and must be allowed to vote. Ram’s lawyers, Anil Nandlall and Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran ...

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National budget one-twelfth formula to be activated if no general elections before Dec 31

The Guyana government would have to resort to using one-twelfth of this year’s national budget and would be unable to finance new projects if general elections are not called before yearend, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said. He said this year’s budget expires on December 31. “Come January, people will be paid their salaries and so on but you will not ...

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Granger awaits GECOM’s advice pending High Court ruling on house-to-house registration

President David Granger on Thursday said he would await the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) advice after next week’s High Court decision on the fate of the house-to-house registration process. He indicated that after GECOM Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh briefs him on the outcome of the August 15 meeting of the seven-member commission, Guyanese would have a clearer idea of ...

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President to meet GECOM on Thursday ahead of “imminent” election date

President David Granger is Thursday scheduled to meet with the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), ahead of a possible announcement of an elections date in December, officials confirmed. A well-placed official said the talks are slated for 10 am at the Ministry of the Presidency and is linked to his imminent naming of an election date. Demerara Waves Online News ...

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