Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

GECOM to hand over Statements of Poll to APNU, other parties

BREAKING NEWS: GECOM to hand over Statements of Poll to APNU, other parties

 
Written by Kwesi Isles   – Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:48
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APNU supporters took their protest outside GECOM last week.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has decided to hand over Statements of Poll to the parties which contested the November 28 polls following the demand from opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for an all party verification of the documents.

The APNU has claimed that there were numerous discrepancies in the tallying of the votes and has  pressed its demand with marches in the city which culminated in several persons being injured Tuesday when the police opened fire with rubber pellets on protesters.    Continue reading

Bloodied APNU detainees freed without charge

Bloodied APNU detainees freed without charge

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol –  Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 16:58
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The rubber bullet-riddled back of James Bond

A Guyana-born American, in whose welfare the United States embassy here has been paying keen attention, and former Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Edward Collins are among nine persons released from police custody without charge.

Shortly after former GDF Captain, Fitzroy Corlette,61, was freed he was interviewed by officials of the American embassy who were waiting patiently outside the Brickdam Police Station on him. His lawyer, Michael Somersaul had notified the embassy of his detention.  Continue reading

“Desist from shooting innocent people”- Granger

“Desist from shooting innocent people”- Granger   |  |
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:19
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Riot police and APNU protesters square off at Louisa Row and Hadfield Street.

Even as police insist that Tuesday morning’s march was illegal and resulted in several persons being shot with rubber bullets and arrested, leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Retired Brigadier David Granger is insisting that they have a legitimate right to protest to support their demands for reconciliation of Poll Statements in the November 28 general election.  Continue reading

Media houses violate code of conduct – MMU November report

MMU November report …Media houses violate code of conduct on Elections Eve

DECEMBER 6, 2011 | BY KNEWS | Link

The latest report of the Media Monitoring Unit for the recently held General and Regional Elections has once again exposed the deep partisan nature of the media landscape in Guyana.

The report, which was compiled from the performance of the various media houses during the month of November, pointed to media bias, especially the state media, in favour of the various political parties.

Except for a few privately owned outfits, some media went over board to promote the political parties to which they are closely aligned, while lambasting those that they oppose.

The latest report is the third and penultimate one produced by the MMU for the 2011 General and Regional Elections.
It provides information on the Unit’s observations, analyses and conclusions of the performances of the print and broadcast media vis-à-vis the 2011 Media Code of Conduct (MCC), for the period 01/11/11 to 27/11/11.

In addition to the quantitative statistics produced, the Unit has also documented for the record, those instances of unethical reporting or qualitative breaches of the Media Code of Conduct, which were detected during the course of the reporting period.      Read more

Police open fire on illegal APNU marchers, four arrested

Police open fire on illegal APNU marchers, four arrested

Tuesday December 6, 2011 – Demerara Waves

Police Tuesday morning opened fire with rubber bullets and teargas on supporters of the opposition coalition APNU who proceeded on a march down Brickdam without the required permission to do so.

At least four persons were reportedly arrested including attorney-at-law James Bond and retired brigadier Eddie Collins, both of whom were reportedly injured when the lawmen opened fire. Eight students and a teacher from St. Sidwell’s Primary School in Hadfield Street were also affected by teargas and were taken to the hospital as was APNU member Lurlene Nestor.

The crowd and police had been awaiting word from a meeting between Bond and ‘A’ Division Commander George Vyphius but moments later the protesters decided to move off.      Continue reading

Commonwealth Observer Group – Interim Report – Guyana Elections

Commonwealth Observer Group
Guyana National and Regional Elections 2011
INTERIM STATEMENT
Hon Denis Marshall QSO
Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group

Georgetown, 30 November 2011

“Final results still awaited but up to now the process has been well managed and generally peaceful. Some concerns regarding aspects of the campaign but overall the election represents further progress for Guyana”

The Commonwealth Observer Group has been present in Guyana since 21 November 2011. During this period we met with the  Guyana Elections  Commission (GECOM), representatives of political parties, civil society, media and Commonwealth High Commissions, as well as other international and national observers. Over the election period Commonwealth teams reported from eight of the ten Regions. Our teams observed the voting, counting and results aggregation and also met with electoral officials, national and international observers and other stakeholders  in the Regions  in order to build a larger picture regarding the conduct of the electoral process. Continue reading

Guyana plummets to 134 in corruption rankings index

Guyana plummets to 134 in corruption rankings index

DECEMBER 5, 2011 | BY KNEWS |

Guyana has dropped even lower on latest report of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

From being ranked 116 a year ago out of a total of 178 countries assessed, Guyana has now sunk to 134. The report was released earlier this week.
In the region, faring better than Guyana is Barbados which attained the highest place in the rankings at 16. Ranked also in the top 50 for the Caribbean are The Bahamas, 21; St. Lucia, 25; and Dominica, 44.

The index scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses data from 17 surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information and conflicts of interest.

Guyana is rated at a lowly 2.5.
Over the past months, the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has come under severe fire over perceived corruption in the award of contracts and difficulty in the media access to information. Most recently a major US$100M-plus deal to upgrade Guyana’s airport was signed with a Chinese company in Jamaica but only came to light after media reports from that country.    Read more

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