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Guyana Politics: The Familiar Ring of the Elections Season – By Ralph Ramkarran

The Familiar Ring of the Elections Season 

By Ralph Ramkarran – 6th October 2018

Local government elections are to be held on November 12. With it, the never-ending stream of suspicions emerged as the Government established new local government units and merged others. The Opposition argued that these were done to give an advantage to the Government and the Opposition, through one of its representatives, promptly launched legal proceedings. This event provided the explanation for the ‘disappearance’ of the Chief Elections Officer, Mr. Keith Lowenfield, on one of the most critical days of the elections process, namely, the day after the submission of lists, when corrections have to be made and defects rectified.       Continue reading

Opinion: The Race to Mayorship and Party Politics – By Jomo Paul

Opinion: The Race to Mayorship and Party Politics 

Jomo Paul

Jomo Paul

by Jomo Paul (Reproduced from his blog located at https://jomowrotethis.wordpress.com with permission)

After the just concluded Local Government Elections, it should be clear to all and sundry that the Guyanese electorate still looks at the Ballot with those antiquated eyes and consider elections via that traditional mindset- a mindset that has divided this nation for more than 50 years, a mindset that saw persons voting for a political Party as opposed to a particular person/ candidate.

I would not be unfair if I were to surmise that the persons who voted at the elections voted for the APNU+AFC and the PPP as opposed to the actual candidate who would represent their concerns at the respective councils.

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Guyana LGE – NO POLITICAL COMFORT – by Ralph Ramkarran

NO POLITICAL COMFORT –  by Ralph Ramkarran

Saturday, 26th March 2016 – Conversation Tree Blog

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

The results of the local government elections should give no political comfort to our political parties. The PPP won 48 out of 71 NDC elections, similar to 1994 when it won 48 out of 65 and 28,000 more votes than the APNU+AFC. The APNU+AFC won 5 municipalities, the PPP 3 and 1 is a tie. The turnout at the local government elections was low, at least lower than the national elections, as occurs almost everywhere, and it is therefore unsafe to make any enduring political conclusions from the results. But some glaring issues have emerged.

In the 1994 local government elections for the Georgetown municipality the PPP/Civic won 8 of the 30 seats. The GGG (Good and Green Guyana) won 12 and the PNC 10, a total of 22. In these elections the PPP won only 2 seats. There was a suggestion that the result was a consequence of the PPP/C Government’s abandonment of the City. While this may have played a role, these types of failures have only a marginal impact on our rigid ethnic voting patterns. The PNC’s 40 percent of the vote at the 1992 elections when every political indicator suggested that it should have been wiped out proves the point.

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Granger upbeat about new towns …says LGEs have unshackled their economic potential

Granger upbeat about new towns …says LGEs have unshackled their economic potential

PRESIDENT David Granger has told the that the recently concluded Local Government Elections have unshackled the business and economic potential of towns across the 10 administrative regions and the government, as well as the private sector must ensure that efforts of development are not concentrated solely in the capital city, but spread throughout the country. The President was at the time addressing shareholders and stakeholders at the GCCI’s 126th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held Thursday afternoon at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown. He noted that the democratisation of local government is necessary for the planned economic take-off of Guyana’s towns and regions.  [Read more]

GECOM ready for 523,831 persons to vote in Local Govt Elections

GECOM ready for 523,831 persons to vote in Local Govt Elections

ballot boxPosted by: Jomo Paul – Demerara Waves – February 5, 2016

The Guyana Elections Commission Friday said all systems are go for 523,831 eligible registered voters to cast their ballots in Local Government Elections slated for March 18, 2016.  The total number of valid votes cast at the May 11, 2015 general elections are 412,012 or 72 percent of the 570,708 then eligible voters for the entire country.

For the first time ballots would be cast for Councils in new towns-  Bartica, Lethem and Mabaruma. They join the list of the other towns- Georgetown, Linden, New Amsterdam, Anna Regina, Rose Hall and Corriverton.   Continue reading

GUYANA – Latest News from various sources – December 04, 2015

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 04 December 2015  –  Kaieteur News  

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GUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 02 December 2015

Capitol TV logoGUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 02 December 2015

  • The Army will step up border patrols soon
  • Two managers at the state newspaper – Guyana Chronicle – sacked
  • Suspect in shooting being sought by Police
  • Caricom making its voice at climate summit in France
  • Tax free overtime for bauxite workers
  • Multi-million dollar lawsuit filed against Public Hospital
  • Gecom looking for staff for Local government elections
  • Sports

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Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 20 November 2012

Capitol TV logoGuyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 20 November 2012

  • Date for Local Government Elections at last
  • Private sector wants improvement in crime fight
  • Minister Harmon offers apology
  • Guyana Power & Light (GPL) workers get increase
  • Sports.

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Guyana Government News Brief – November 19, 2015 – GINA

Guyana Government News Brief – November 19, 2015 – GINA

  1. Local Government Elections Update.
  2. Climate Change Conference – COP 21- Paris 2015.
  3. Small Business Development – Government Contract Awards.
  4. Civic Education being launched in schools and communities.
  5. Government Hinterland Education Improvement Program.

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 24 October 2015 – – Kaieteur News

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 24 October 2015  – – Kaieteur News 

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Government to slash free-for-all concessions – President Granger

OCTOBER 24, 2015 | FILED UNDER NEWS  —  Billions of dollars in tax waivers granted annually by the previous administration to largely businesses and others were highly unsustainable for the country. It will not continue in such an uncontrolled manner under the current government, promises President David Granger. Granger said that the $63B in tax waivers quoted in the report of the Auditor […]

New GPC still to deliver on four-year-old drug contract

OCTOBER 24, 2015 | FILED UNDER NEWS – New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPC), the previous administration’s largest supplier of drugs and medical supplies, was still benefiting from large contracts, mere days before the administration’s last financial year came to an end. This information was laid bare in the audited accounts of Government’s expenditure. The accounts were tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday […]

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