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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: 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: President Granger no longer shows sign of cancer – Cuban medical experts

Cuba’s Center for Surgical Medical Research

President David Granger Tuesday night returned from Cuba where his team of medical experts found that he has no trace of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, according to Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed.

“The CIMEQ (Center for Surgical Medical Research) medical specialists have expressed complete satisfaction with the state of the President’s health and have explained that the President’s ailment is now in remission,” Mr Majeed said in a statement.            Continue reading

Guyana can learn global oil industry standards from TT– Energy Chamber of Trinidad Tobago assures

  —“No, Trinidadian companies are not coming to take over”; 

ECTT CEO, Dr Thackwray Driver

The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago (ECTT) on Wednesday sought to dispel concerns that businesses from that twin-island Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state are coming to Guyana to dominate the oil sector, instead saying that they are grasping business opportunities hinged on 100 years of experience and international safety standards.

ECTT Chief Executive Officer, Dr Thackwray Driver rubbished claims by sections of Guyana’s business community that Trinidadians are coming here in droves to take over the oil sector.    Continue reading

“APNU is not against cash grants” from oil revenues but more information needed – Granger

— WPA ready to negotiate modified proposal

President David Granger

President David Granger on Wednesday sought to dispel concerns that he is opposed to direct cash transfer of some oil revenues to Guyanese, even as the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) signaled that it was ready to modify its proposal with other political parties in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) whenever those talks begin.

“There has been a lot of speculation and we ask that people put figures to their intention before we make any public discussion but the APNU is not against cash grants. It needs to know more so it can make a proper announcement to the people of Guyana,” the President said.              Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Former Minister of State Joseph Harmon applies to give up USA citizenship:

“I believe there is a certain quality which I have that can help the President in running this country in a proper way” – Harmon

Joseph Harmon

Joseph Harmon, who resigned earlier this year from his position as Minister of State because he is the holder of dual nationalities, says he has already applied to give up his United States (US) citizenship.

He told reporters on the sidelines of a People’s National Congress Reform 62nd anniversary rally in Linden that he more than one month ago finished all the paperwork and paid a hefty sum of cash to relinquish his American citizenship.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: PPP virtually endorses WPA’s cash transfers to poor: Hinds warns APNU of losing votes

Oil rig

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Thursday virtually endorsed the Working People’s Alliance’s (WPA) proposal of direct cash transfer of some projected oil revenues, but preferring to target the poor and needy instead of all just over 200,000 households across Guyana.

“In fact, in our manifesto, we are going to be talking about conditional transfers, targeted transfers to vulnerable groups right at the beginning. We have to help single parents, we have to help children, we have to help the older people first and as our capacity grows and we get more money – we constantly have to see that it’s sustainable though.          Continue reading

Roger Khan Deported: Held immediately for Ronald Waddell and Donald Allison murders

Deported convicted drug lord , Roger Khan held immediately  on arrival in Guyana

Roger Khan

Guyanese Shaheed ‘ Roger’ Khan, who was deported from the United States (US) Friday night, was immediately taken into custody for the murder of African rights activist, Ronald Waddell and former boxing coach, Donald Allison, his lawyer Glen Hanoman said early  Saturday.

“He is going to be kept in custody. The police are investigating two matters….I was informed that allegations were put to him in my absence. Those allegations related to the murder of Donald Allison and (Ronald ) Waddell and that he would be kept in custody pending investigation so there has been no decision but they are investigating those specific matters so I think we have to allow those investigations to continue,” Hanoman said.              Continue reading

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