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AFC will decide future in coalition after apparent rejection of Ramjattan as Granger’s running mate

The Alliance For Change’s (AFC) national executive committee will early next month decide whether it will contest the next general elections jointly with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), even as it maintains that acceptance of its prime ministerial candidate is a non-negotiable. “Ultimately, the executive will make that determination whether or not the AFC goes alone or whether ...

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AFC, APNU talks break down over prime ministerial candidate but Trotman remains optimistic

Talks between A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) Wednesday collapsed over the smaller AFC party insisting that its nominee, Khemraj Ramjattan, should be accepted. However, AFC Chairman, Raphael Trotman insisted that an agreement would be reached, but he declined to say whether that would see Ramjattan being accepted as President David Granger’s running mate. ...

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GECOM’s new Claims and Objections method is “backdoor” attempt to remove names from voters list, flouts laws – former House Speaker

Former House Speaker, Ralph Ramkarran on Sunday said the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) request for all persons on the preliminary voters’ list to self-verify their existence by going to commission outposts with their registration records flouts the constitution, laws and the High Court. “It is clear that the intention behind the order requiring persons “in Guyana” whose names appear on ...

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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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ANUG questions constitutionality of James Patterson as GECOM Chairman

Even as President David Granger indicated that he would be seeking the advice of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) before naming an elections date, A New and United Guyana (ANUG) political party on Wednesday questioned whether James Patterson was actually the Chairman of the elections management authority. “If Mr. Patterson has not been appointed, as the Caribbean Court has found, ...

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Patterson may be returned as GECOM Chairman after CCJ ruling – Ramjattan

Retired Justice James Patterson might be returned as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), if the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rules that President David Granger should have given reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 nominees, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan says. “If the Court rules that the President has to give reasons, ...

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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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CCJ asked to order general elections in Guyana soon with updated voters’ list; Judge frowns on slothfulness of judicial system

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, through his lawyer, on Thursday asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to issue an order to hold general elections in the shortest possible time if the regional law lords find that the no-confidence motion was validly passed. Senior Counsel, Douglas Mendes asked the court to be “stingy” with the time within which general elections ought ...

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CCJ judge cites need for consultations between President, Opposition Leader on GECOM Chairman appointment

Trinidad and Tobago Senior Counsel, Douglas Mendes on Wednesday urged the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to find that President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo should have consulted before submitting nominees for the post Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). And already one of the CCJ Judges, Winston Anderson, has indicated that there should be some form ...

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