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OPINION: Prisoner’s Dilemma and a call to extend and reform

Guyana’s political establishment is faced with a version of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. By Terrence R. Blackman (PhD) and Thomas B. Singh (PhD) July 11, 2019 The Prisoner’s Dilemma is a well-known concept in modern game theory. It is a paradox in decision analysis in which two players, each acting in her own self-interest, will fail to produce the optimal outcome.  ...

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PPP asks CCJ to order swift appointment of GECOM Chair, general elections on Sept 18 with same voters list

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, through his lawyers, have asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to order that President David Granger name September 18 as election day, and his party wants the regional court to order that a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be appointed in three days. “In order to facilitate such an election, the President shall ...

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Jagdeo deflects questions on whether existing voters’ list advantageous to PPP

As Guyana’s governing coalition and the opposition remain at loggerheads over whether there should be house-to-house registration to create a new voters’ list, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Bharrat Jagdeo brushed off suggestions that the existing voters’ list is more advantageous to his party. Asked whether the PPP intended to fly in its supporters from overseas to vote ...

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Jagdeo draws “red lines” on elections with existing voters’ list; appointing new GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday ruled out agreeing to extending the deadline by which general elections should be held, hours after a lawyer for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) told the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that a new house-to-house-generated voters list would not be ready until December 25. “What is non-negotiable is I going back to Parliament to ...

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Caribbean Court gives Granger, Jagdeo more time to find consensus on elections date; GECOM says general elections not possible until after Christmas

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Monday gave President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as well as their lawyers more time to possibly arrive at a consensus, even as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) said elections would not be possible until after December 25. President of the CCJ Justice Adrian Saunders said the Court would issue its ...

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Guyana gov’t will “honour and obey” CCJ judgments on no-confidence motion, GECOM Chairman appointment

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said Friday that the Guyana government would abide by next week Tuesday’s judgments on whether last December’s no-confidence motion is valid and if President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is unconstitutional. “Whatever decision the court arrives at, it is a decision, ...

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CCJ to rule on GECOM Chair appointment

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will next week Tuesday hand down its decision on whether President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of James Patterson to head the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was constitutional. “The first judgment will determine whether the appointment, or the process followed in the appointment, of Guyana’s Elections Commission Chairman breached the Constitution,” the CCJ said. The ...

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AG asks Caribbean Court to consider new evidence from Charrandass Persaud implicating Ramjattan

Attorney General, Basil Williams has asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to take new evidence showing that then government parliamentarian, Charrandass Persaud, had known since 2015 that he ought not to have been a candidate because he holds dual citizenship. In court papers seen by Demerara Waves Online News, Williams told the Trinidad-headquartered Court that on May 11, 2019 ...

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Absolute majority needed to pass no-confidence motion, CCJ President says

-Charrandass Persaud concedes GECOM has “significant discretion” on holding elections President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Adrian Saunders on Friday indicated that the regional court believes that Guyana’s National Assembly requires an absolute majority of its 65 members to pass a no-confidence motion, but the issue is deciding on the formula. “No one is doubting that an absolute ...

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Guyana’s parliament should address conflict between party list loyalty, no-confidence motion – CCJ told

Private Guyanese citizen, Compton Reid on Friday said then government parliamentarian, Charrandass Persaud did not own his seat and could not have constitutionally voted against the party list, but he could not reconcile his argument with the provision for a no-confidence motion. Through his lawyer, Senior Counsel Neil Boston, Reid told the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that Persaud never ...

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