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Guyana Elections: “I ruled for transparency”- for field verification of registrants – GECOM Chairman

 in Demerara Waves – December 18, 2019

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Claudette Singh on Wednesday defended her decision to vote in favour of field verification of so far 16,000 registrants before they are included in the National Register of Registrants (NRR).

“I ruled in the interest of transparency and because I would like a credible list…I would like all to have a level playing field that in the end no one can complain that GECOM did something which was just foisted on them without having the list of the new registrants fully verified so that is my reason in the interest of transparency,” she said.        Continue reading

United States financing humanitarian aid to Venezuelan refugees in Guyana

Millo Yiftach, Field Coordinator of HIAS, a global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, and Programme Officer of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State Rebecca Alvarado.

The United States (U.S.) says it has provided nearly US$4 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan refugees in Guyana since fiscal Year 2017.          Continue reading

Caribbean: Dominica’s opposition refuses to recognise PM Skerrit government

— calls on supporters to “rise up” against rigged elections

Lennox Linton

Leader of Dominica’s opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton says he does not recognise the administration of Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit because last Friday’s general elections were rigged as a result of the importation of thousands of overseas-based Dominicans to vote.

The UWP Leader indicates that it is now time to continue the struggle for fresh elections that must be free and fair with a clean list and voter identification cards.        Continue reading

Guyana: Cassava Festival in Kwebanna – on December 14, 2019 ― ahead of Commissioning of Cassava Flour Factory

The Farmers Group along with the Hand-in-Hand Women’s Group in Kwebanna Village, Moruca sub-region, Barima/Waini, Region One, successfully concluded a one-week training exercise in preparation for the hosting of the first-ever Cassava Festival scheduled for December 14.

The session which was conducted by Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) Catering Facilitator, Margaret Cornette, saw fifty women participating in the five-day exercise.

The training targeted members of the two groups to creatively experiment with the Cassava Flour before the commissioning of the much-anticipated Cassava Flour Processing Facility.    Continue reading

ExxonMobil updates on oil exploration, local jobs and content at GIPEX 2019

ExxonMobil oil exploration served up 1,700 Guyanese jobs, GYD$36 billion to local businesses; gov’t crafting Guyana local content policy

ExxonMobil’s Senior Vice President Hunter Farris

ExxonMobil (Guyana) on Wednesday played up the local benefits of its operations in Guyana over the last few years, even as government’s Energy Department said it was crafting a local content policy that is relevant to Guyana.

Addressing the opening of the Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit & Exhibition (GIPEX-2019) at the Marriott Hotel, ExxonMobil’s Senior Vice President of Upstream Oil & Gas Company, Hunter Farris said so far more than 1,700 Guyanese or 50 percent of the 3,400 people in Guyana have worked in his company’s exploration and project activities directly.      Continue reading

New UG Chancellor calls for dismantling of racial polarisation, coarseness

Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Edward Greene.

Fresh from his installation at Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Edward Greene on Saturday appealed to graduates to help transform the country’s political culture and improve race relations.

Addressing the Convocation at the Turkeyen Campus, he called on the graduates as they leave the campus to use their investment and accomplishments to dismantle decades-old divisiveness in their communities and the wider world.    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: 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