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Guyana Politics: 650,000+ registered to vote in upcoming elections

 … Former Chief Election Officers of Canada, India, Ghana to advise GECOM

Recent estimates of Guyana’s population tend to place it at 750,000. Sometimes, it hits 800,000 if those doing the assessment are generous. It has not gotten much higher because Guyana’s emigration rate is unusually high.

Photo:  GECOM Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward; Chairperson, Justice Claudette Singh and Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield

That’s why it would raise quite an alarm that the Revised List of Electors (RLE) is shaping up to have more than 650,000 eligible voters, calculated based on information shared with the media by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) yesterday. That figure doesn’t even consider new registrants from the House-to-House data, which are likely to add tens of thousands more.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Liberty and Justice Party votes against coalescing + talks about Oil and Communities

– Shuman says third force needed

Lenox Shuman (standing) speaking at yesterday’s press conference
Lenox Shuman speaking at press conference

The Liberty and Justice Party (LJP)  has decided against joining with another party at the moment as it believes it is in the nation’s interest to have a “balancing” third force, according to Chairman and presidential candidate Lenox Shuman.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: GECOM Chair says… 20,000-plus unverified registrants will be allowed to vote

GECOM Chair, Justice Claudette Singh

Persons who have not collected their identification cards from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) need not worry about being left out of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections. They will still be allowed to vote.

Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair, Justice Claudette Singh S.C. sat down with Kaieteur Radio yesterday, and provided clarity on this matter that had left many wondering whether they would be disenfranchised.          Continue reading

Guyana: Pegasus Hotel owner denies entering politics because he didn’t get tax breaks

Pegasus Hotel – Guyana

Leader of Change Guyana (CG), Robert Badal on Tuesday bluntly denied entering Guyana’s electoral race because he did not get 50 percent of concessions that he was “entitled to” from the government for the construction of the Pegasus Suites and Corporate Centre.

“The plain answer is no… The answer is no. Let’s move on,” he said as he became impatient with persistent questions about whether he was upset, angry or aggrieved that he did not get all of the tax breaks. “We need questions on the issues. That’s why we called you guys. I said my motivation is the plight of the Guyanese people and we’re addressing the electricity sector,” he told a news conference.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: President Granger says he is strong enough to serve second term

President David Granger

Granger revealed that very soon, he and the Coalition party will be going into campaign mode for upcoming General and Regional elections. President Granger made this revelation yesterday during a special edition of ‘The Political Show’, which is aired on Kaieteur Radio.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Granger likely to accept Ramjattan as March elections running mate

FLASHBACK: President David Granger and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan. In the background is then Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.

Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday October  31, 2019 looked set to be accepted by President David Granger as his running mate for the March 2020 general elections, high-level sources said.

The sources indicated that the AFC was unlikely to give up any seats in the 65-seat National Assembly in exchange for Ramjattan being accepted as the prime ministerial candidate.

Mr. Ramjattan and Mr. Granger met, along with Chief Negotiator for the People’s National Congress Reform-controlled A Partnership for National Unity, Volda Lawrence and her AFC counterpart, David Patterson.            Continue reading

Guyana Elections: 9,500 eligible voters update home addresses at GECOM

The preliminary voters’ list posted up at a GECOM office  in Georgetown

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says almost 4,000 additional persons have been registered and more than 9,500 eligible voters have updated their home addresses, as the claims and objections period winds down.

Spokeswoman for the electoral management agency, Yolanda Ward says 3,924 persons have added their names to the National Register of Registrants and will be qualified to vote – reaching the required voting age of 18 – by December 31, 2019.            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Change Guyana launches with promise of visionary leadership

Robert Badal speaking at the party launch

Robert Badal speaking at the party launch

The Change Guyana political party was officially launched last evening with its presidential candidate Robert Badal making a call for voters to embrace what he called the visionary leadership needed to create jobs and reduce poverty.

“Since independence the rules of the game has been set by two political groups. Each mirrors the other, like two sides of the same coin. They are both ethnically-dominated, controlled by a few, make rules that benefit themselves and their friends. The wider members of their group are mere cheerleaders; the rest of us have to struggle to make ends meet.

Guyana Elections: 25,000 risk being barred from voting if they don’t collect ID cards

Justice Claudette Singh

The chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Claudette Singh on Tuesday 29 October 2019, ruled that more than 25,000 persons who have not collected their national identification (ID) cards will be given 21 days to do so failing which their names would be struck off the voters list and they would not be allowed to vote.    Continue reading

Guyana Elections: GECOM publishes house-to-house registrants list

– PPP urges immediate withdrawal

 A list of applicants generated from information collected during the truncated house-to-house registration exercise has been posted at the Lodge Primary School on D’Urban Street. (Photo by Thandeka Percival)
A list of applicants generated from information collected during the truncated house-to-house registration exercise has been posted at the Lodge Primary School on D’Urban Street. (Photo by Thandeka Percival)

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has published the list of registrants generated from the contentious national house-to-house registration exercise but commission members are divided on how the information is to be treated, while the opposition has questioned its legality and called for its withdrawal.            Continue reading

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