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“Permission” concerns at GECOM over legal opinion, hiring of lawyer for CCJ cases

Elections Commissioner, Desmond Trotman on Tuesday objected to the tabling of an opinion on the implications of the expired voters’ list by the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Legal Adviser, Excellence Dazzell without the permission of the full Commission. But he did not object to the hiring of a lawyer to represent GECOM at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) without ...

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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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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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Op-Ed: The current voters list is fundamentally flawed and should be scrapped

by James McAllister It is a fact! The voters’ list in Guyana is bloated by at least 30%. The names of over 180,000 dead, missing or non-existent people are included on the voters’ roll. Of this number, a minimum of 40,000 are the names of dead people. National Census figures, the House-t0-House registration of 2008, and Guyana’s vital statistics published ...

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Jagdeo flags suspicious citizen registration publications; Minister says his department’s not associated

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday raised concerns about what he said were duplicate publications of photographs with different names and addresses of persons seeking Guyanese citizenship. He flayed the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services for what he believed were the registration of hundreds or thousands of foreign nationals as Guyanese as part of a ...

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Harmon, Nandlall differ on house-to-house registration disenfranchising overseas-based Guyanese

The Guyana government on Friday rubbished claims that thousands of overseas-based Guyanese could be disenfranchised if their names are removed from the current voters’ list through house-to-house registration. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said overseas-based Guyanese could not be registered if they are not at their residences when enumerators of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) conduct registration. “If you reside ...

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