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President remains in office until next elections if no PPP support for House extension -AG

Attorney General Basil Williams Monday night said President David Granger would remain in office and call elections if the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) refuses to give its parliamentary support to extend the timeframe within which general elections must be held following last December’s no-confidence motion. “Let’s assume they don’t go and get the two-thirds extension…We have always argued ...

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Western diplomats urge all abide by Caribbean Court ruling

The United States, Britain, and the European Union (EU) on Monday urged all the players in Guyana to abide by the “definitive” orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) related to the holding of general elections. “The Caribbean Court of Justice – Guyana’s Supreme Court – has spoken. It is important for the rule of law that all invoked ...

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Gov’t recognises its “caretaker” role

The Guyana government Saturday acknowledged that it’s a caretaker government, in keeping with the findings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). At the same time, government said Cabinet would continue to function. “The Government accepts that it is an ‘interim’ government but emphasises that Cabinet has not stopped functioning and government must continue to provide public services. The Constitution ...

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Caribbean Court says Granger’s gov’t in “caretaker” mode, elections must be determined locally

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday ruled that it is for Guyana’s President, Opposition Leader, Parliament and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to determine when General Elections should be held. On the appointment of a GECOM chair, the CCJ urged that, as a matter of the greatest public importance, “the President and the Leader of the Opposition should, ...

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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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Guyana Constitution prohibits parliamentary defection; Persaud knew he was “usurper”- former Belize Attorney General tells CCJ

Former Belize Attorney General, Eamon Courtenay on Thursday urged the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to find that then government parliamentarian, Charrandass Persaud’s vote for the no-confidence motion was invalid because Guyana’s constitution prohibits parliamentarians from being disloyal to the party list of candidates. Courtenay, who teamed up with Guyana’s Attorney General Basil Williams in their efforts to convince the ...

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Attorney General commits to GECOM funding for general elections; CCJ President says system must work

Attorney General, Basil Williams on Thursday assured the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the Guyana government would set aside monies needed to conduct general elections if the regional court finds that last December’s no-confidence motion was validly passed by the National Assembly. “You, as Attorney General, do we have your commitment that the necessary monies will be made available ...

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GECOM tells Caribbean Court general elections possible in November after voters’ list is revised, money allocated

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday told the Caribbean Court of Justice that November 2019 is the earliest it could hold general elections after it gets funds and a new voters’ list from house-to-house registration, even as regional judges said that elections management authority ought to always be ready for snap polls. CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders asked GECOM ...

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