Guyana: President announces dissolution of Parliament – on February 28, 2015

President announces dissolution of Parliament will be on February 28, 2015

Posted By  http://www.stabroeknews.com/ – February 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

President Ramotar

President Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar this evening announced the dissolution of parliament to pave the way for general elections on May 11th. The President had been criticised for not announcing the dissolution earlier.

His statement follows:

Address to the Nation by His Excellency Donald Ramotar
President of the Republic of Guyana and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Fellow Guyanese,   

As you are aware, last November I prorogued the Tenth Parliament of Guyana. As I explained then, that action was taken to allow the parties in Parliament additional opportunities to talk and hopefully resolve the pressing National issues that were confronting us.

In addition, I wanted to give GECOM time to have another round of Continuous Registration to enfranchise those persons, who, through no fault of their own, did not have the source document to be registered.

Unfortunately the opposition refused to dialogue and I was left with no option but to call elections for May 11, 2015.

I did not dissolve the Parliament at the same time because had I done so, the claims and objections period which also allows for transfers would have been truncated.

Were the latter to have occurred, thousands of Guyanese voters who changed their place of residence would not have been able to obtain their transfers and this could have led to them being disenfranchised.

The Claims and Objection period ended last Sunday, February 22, 2015, clearing the way for me to dissolve the Parliament.

I therefore wish to announce that earlier today I issued the Proclamations that identify 28th February, 2015 as the date of the Dissolution of the 10th Parliament of Guyana and the Ten Regional Democratic Councils.
As I have previously announced, General and Regional Elections will be held on May 11, 2015.

I thank you and Good night!

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  • cochorenews  On February 27, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Reblogged this on Cochore News and commented:
    We are unable to post original articles to our website hence we have resorted to re-blogging. The suspicion is that our site was attacked but we are working with our technical team to return it to normalcy. Such is the nature of business whenever you are deemed anti-government. Long live free speech

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