ELECTION LEGISLATION REFORM

A letter from prominent citizens in SN last Friday called for consultation on electoral reforms. But drafting of the bill may have already commenced requiring the publication of the SOPs by GECOM immediately upon receipt and the creation of appropriate offences with severe penalties for election staff who violate election rules.

LEAVING BEHIND – THE YEAR OF THE HALF PERSON

By this time, the year of the half person would have passed. It took three courts to finally resolve this jurisprudential conundrum. The argument advanced to overturn the no confidence vote of 33/32 against the Government on 21 December, 2018, was that while mathematically, half of 65 members of the National Assembly is 32½, the […]

STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS

At the 151t Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Friday last, President Irfaan Ali said: “The Republic of Guyana has just emerged from a bruising test of its democracy. My government is committed to strengthening the country’s democratic institutions and to insulating them from the threat of being undermined.”

APNU+AFC: DECLARE GRANGER PRESIDENT ON FRAUDULENT RESULTS

According to media reports, if accurate, the election petition to be filed on behalf of APNU+AFC alleges that the elections were fraudulent and seeks an order that new elections be held or that Mr. David Granger be sworn in as President, presumably on the results delivered by the fraudulent elections.

BALLOTS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Guyana has achieved the dubious distinction of taking the longest time to announce election results and of having the largest number of court cases concerning elections between the commencement of the voting and the declaration. Impatience is in the air, reflected by former Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin, who called on his former colleagues to “find […]