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Amended election laws should be used as “test run” in local government elections

Government says it wants a number of Guyana’s election laws amended in time for the holding of already overdue local government elections. “They will be crucial, we believe, for holding local government elections as a test run because many of the measures that we are putting in place in that Bill could then be implemented in the local government reform,” ...

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Chief Election Officer promises to stick to the law; says local government elections possible next year

Mr. Vishnu Persaud was Tuesday morning sworn in as Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) new Chief Election Officer, promising to be “neutral” and to obey the country’s election laws. “Nobody has to have any worry about my neutrality or that I may deviate from the path of what is lawful and proper,” he told reporters shortly after taking the oath of ...

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PPP to continue holding local government elections – new Local Govt Minister

by Samuel Sukhnandan Newly-appointed Local Government and Regional Development Minister Nigel Dharamlall has made a commitment that local government elections would continue to be held in Guyana under the new People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government. Mr. Dharamlall, a former permanent secretary in that ministry, said the importance of such elections could not be overemphasized as it allows for people within ...

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Gov’t maintains legality in appointing Mabaruma Mayor, NDC Chairmen

The APNU+AFC Administration is  maintaining that it acted within the confines of Guyana’s constitution when Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan moved to appoint the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mabaruma and the Chairmen of five Neighbhourhood Democratic Councils across the local government sphere. This follows a ruling by Justice Diana Insanally; who on Wednesday quashed the appointment of a Mayor the new ...

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High Court quashes appointment of Mabaruma’s mayor, chairmen of five Neighbourhood Councils

The High Court on Wednesday quashed the appointment of a mayor the new town of Mabaruma and ordered the holding of fresh elections in those local authority areas. The case has been adjourned until April 20, 2016, giving the defendants an opportunity to file court documents to show cause why the orders should not be made absolute. The interim ruling ...

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“We are not enemies” – Granger promises equal resources for Towns

With the swearing in of the Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the nine towns in Guyana, President David Granger has affirmed that there will be no show of favouritism on the part of central government because a particular political party may have won the municipality. Granger made the comment on the heels of growing concern about whether the scales would ...

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Chase-Greene tipped to be Mayor, Duncan to be deputy Mayor

With ongoing talks between the APNU and AFC over the allocation of seats at the Georgetown City Council, two names have been presented from both sides to fill the top spots at the municipality. APNU’s Patricia Chase Green, former Deputy Mayor has been tipped to occupy the post at the top beating out Oscar Clarke a former councilor and People’s ...

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Opinion: The Race to Mayorship and Party Politics

by Jomo Paul (Reproduced from his blog located at with permission) After the just concluded Local Government Elections, it should be clear to all and sundry that the Guyanese electorate still looks at the Ballot with those antiquated eyes and consider elections via that traditional mindset- a mindset that has divided this nation for more than 50 years, a mindset that ...

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PPPC claims big Local Govt elections victory; to take alleged abuse of State resources to House

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Ten months after losing general elections by a slim margin, Guyana’s main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Saturday claimed a significant victory in Local Government Elections held a day earlier. “As a result of this overwhelming electoral support, the PPP/C emerged victorious with over 60% of the votes cast in the seventy (70) Local Authority Areas (LAA) which the ...

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Less than 50 percent turnout at Guyana’s Local Government Elections

Less than 50 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in Friday’s Local Government Elections, the first such polls in since 1994, authorities estimated. Various authoritative sources in Essequibo, Berbice and Georgetown estimate that the turnout was  in the 40s in most areas. Polls closed at 6 PM, paving the way for the counting of votes and the posting ...

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