Daily Archives: March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: Trump suspends all travel from Europe to US for 30 days, excluding UK

Global recession fears intensify;

Tom Hanks tests positive in Australia; NBA basketball season suspended indefinitely. Follow the latest.

Guyana Elections 2000 — Comedy of Errors or Circus of Terrors? – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Organizing free and fair elections is more important than the result itself.

The people who cast the votes decide nothing the people who count the votes decide everything.
Count me in as one of the bona fide Guyanese who was glad to know that the elections to decide who governs Guyana would be taking place on March 2, and even happier to know that there would be a team of observers (Organization of American States) headed by former Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding. Former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, is heading the Commonwealth Observer team. In place were all the elements to ensure that there would be
no element(s) of recurrence of the past — accusations of riggings, fraud, loud shouting and foul mouthing as was the case in the previous election of 2015.        Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2020: OPINION: Why Region 4 Verification was Terminated – By Ron Cheong

Why Region 4 Verification was Terminated
By Ron Cheong – March 11, 2020

To answer the question it helps to look at the verified results in the other nine Regions in conjunction with Region 4 results for 2020. First, let’s look at the three Regions other than Region 4 that APNU/AFC carried in 2015:

 In Region 10, the most unassailable APNU stronghold, their share of the verified vote is down
0.8%
 In Region 8, their share declined 4.1%.
 And in Region 7, APNU/AFC share declined by a hefty 8.8%, with the smaller parties combined clawing away a significant 8.3%.

READ MORE: Why Region 4 Verification Terminated

Guyana: Former Deeds Registrar fined G$4.5M on fraud charge

Kaieteur News – 12 March 2020.

Former Deeds Registrar, Azeena Baksh, who was charged in 2017 for procuring over G$4M by false pretence, was yesterday found guilty of the offence and spared jailed time, but ordered to reimburse the state G$4,534,480.

Former Deeds and Commercial Registrar, Azeena Baksh, and her attorney, Nigel Hughes.

The 33-year-old Baksh, represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes, yesterday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Baksh was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly who handed down the ruling on the matter.    Continue reading

Guyana records first coronavirus case – Victim arrived recently from NY

Even as elections tension continues to grip the land, the local Ministry of Public Health has confirmed Guyana’s first case of the novel coronarvirus [COVID-19]. The victim, Ratna Baboolall said to be in her 50s and suffering from underlying conditions, was pronounced dead yesterday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Ratna Baboolall

The woman this publication understands was rushed from a Good Hope, East Coast Demerara residence to the hospital with pneumonia-like symptom consistent with an advanced phase of the virus, on a weakened immune system.        Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2000: High Court Orders Recount Of Ballots In Disputed Election Region

Guyana High Court

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 11, 2020 (CMC) – Acting Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire, ruled, today, that the declaration, made by the Returning Office in Region 4, in Guyana’s disputed regional and general on March 2, was “unlawful” and in breach of the Representation of the People’s Act.

In a lengthy ruling, the Acting Chief Justice acknowledged her ruling would be of national importance and would evoke widespread interest and awareness.

“I understand that whatever rulings are made today, are likely to excite emotions of different kinds from the parties involved, as well as the wider audience and community,” she told the Court.          Continue reading