Daily Archives: November 18, 2011

GECOM knows what it is doing – Surujbally on voter ed.

GECOM knows what it is doing – Surujbally on voter ed.

December 18, 2011 – Demerara Waves

The concerns political parties have raised over the voter education exercise have not been well received by GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally who says the Commission knows what it is doing.

The three major political parties, PPP/C, APNU and the AFC on Tuesday expressed concerns about the level of voter education by GECOM especially since the majority of voters are young people who have never voted before.

On Friday Dr. Surujbally told reporters that the parties were well aware of the Commission’s plans and its intention to intensify the exercise.

“This is not something that we do willy nilly and we grasp it out of the air, this is a plan. We are the people who know how to market elections and market elections content,” the chairman declared as he pointed out the agency’s staff have done several elections before.

“No sense starting months before and people will forget it.”     Read More

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Damned if you do and damned if you don’t – Editorial

Damned if you do and damned if you don’t – Editorial

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 | BY  |  EDITORIAL

Hardly a day goes by without the government in general, and President Bharrat Jagdeo in particular, accusing sections of the media of biased and anti-government reporting. As recent as Sunday President Jagdeo launched an attack on Kaieteur News, Stabroek News, Capitol News, Prime News and the internet publication, Demerara Waves, accusing them of seeking the fall of his government.

A blog that emanates from within the walls of Office of the President is promoting the idea that each of these media houses is in support of one or other of the political opposition parties. Such has been the constant carping by the government that even some of its staunch supporters have taken to penning missives critical of these media houses.

However, close examination would reveal that these oft criticized media houses are professional in their approach. With the elections a few days ago, the Media Monitoring Unit has begun monitoring the local media. The findings of the MMU seem to turn the perception of the government on its head. Further, it highlights the fact that the state-controlled and state-supporting media should not even be considered national media outlets.  Read more

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Passenger from Guyana sues Delta over cocaine in suitcase

Wrongful arrest…Passenger from Guyana sues Delta over cocaine in suitcase

November 18, 2011 –  KNEWS

New York (New York Post) – A former Yankee Stadium security guard lost his job, went through a humiliating full-body strip search and faced the threat of spending the rest of his life in jail — all because someone planted two bricks of cocaine in his luggage.

Roger Levans, 56, of South Ozone Park, Queens, said the cascade of horrors began Dec. 29, 2010, after he got off his Delta Air Lines flight from Guyana, where he’d been visiting family for Christmas — and didn’t end until March, when the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn finally dropped its bombshell drug charges.

Levans on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Delta in Queens Superior Court, citing severe emotional distress, financial loss and damage to his reputation — and described to The Post the shock of being charged with a crime he didn’t commit.   Read more

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PPPC, APNU make last ditch appeal for military votes

PPPC, APNU make last ditch appeal for military votes

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 | BY KNEWS |
 
Disciplined Services vote on Monday November 21

With the members of the Disciplined Services set to cast their ballots on Monday, two of Guyana’s major political parties have made a last ditch effort to secure their votes.
Members of the Guyana Police Force, the Fire Service, the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Prison Services will cast their ballots one week before the rest of the nation goes to the poll to elect a new government.

Both A Partnership for National Unity and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic have given reasons why members of the Disciplined Services should elect them to office.     Read more

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Security forces will be “fully mobilised” to quell unrest – Luncheon

Security forces will be “fully mobilised” to quell unrest – Luncheon

November 17, 2010 – Demerara Waves

The government says the security forces will be fully mobilised to quell any public disturbance during and after the November 28 general and regional elections.

This is according to chief spokesman Dr. Roger Luncheon who was addressing reporters on Wednesday just hours before a newly-purchased water cannon was handed over to the Guyana Police Force.

According to him, the Cabinet is continuing its surveillance of the open and sometimes subtle incitement to civil unrest and public disorder “by members, supporters, apologists of opposition political parties.”    Read more

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No beatings, kerosene dousing at PPPC meeting in Victoria– police

No beatings, kerosene dousing at PPPC meeting in Victoria– police sources

November 17, 2011 – Demerara Waves

Police on Thursday confirmed that someone fired gunshots at a tension-filled meeting Friday night by the ruling party in Victoria Village but disputed claims by the party that five persons were beaten and attempts were made to set one of them alight.

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Thursday said it was “appalled” by the PPPC’s lies and called media reports of kerosene dousing “dangerous and an attempt to incite violence.” APNU prime ministerial candidate, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine urged his supporters to remain calm as the “heat” rises.

“We do not believe that disruption and violence are in the interest of the APNU” he added.  Read more

Also read this update:

Police probing assault, kerosene dousing of PPPC supporters in Victoria

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The missing link in the election campaign – Freddie Kissoon

The missing link in the election campaign

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FREDDIE KISSOON 

Open the newspapers on any day since the election campaign started and you will see some kind of delivery by the Government either to the entire population or some section of the society. It is going on non-stop.

One of the opposition parties, the AFC has interpreted it as bribery and opined that it is a violation of the code that the contesting parties signed.

Five years ago, prior to the 2001 election, I used the term “peaking” to refer to a type of election campaign the ruling party had carefully planned. Peaking is the process whereby the Government deliberately holds back on the completion of projects to time the final stage to coincide with the election.

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