TolaThanks Athena for bring up this thread, cause I was thinking of asking Mits, or others, a question regarding a song. Recently, among other things, I wrote a lot about my days growing up in the logies for our children, born in Canada. During these writings, I listened to some familiar Indian songs from that time and there is one song that is more emotional for me. Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki by Mohammed Rafi from the movie Dularie in 1949. This song became a traditional sugar workers song in my... [ more ]
Former MemberEnjoy. I know you sing and play many instruments. https://www.facebook.com/10420...deos/528506708028496 [ more ]
Ramakant-PShe needs some time off from Bragging. She will be defending those PNC crooks. The thing is she is not a trial lawyer. All of her clients will go to jail. [ more ]
Former MemberPNC will start imploding from tomorrow. Rochelle came here with her fat talk and mocked PPP supporters claiming to be a big shot lawyer and brayed that PPP and Ali will never take office. She ended up eating cook up rice and foo foo. [ more ]
Former MemberI have had a slight change of heart. Instead of asking Lowenfield for his report by noon, the PPP Commissioner should table a motion for his dismissal immediately after the commencement of the meeting at 10 AM. He has been given sufficient opportunities to follow instructions. Then the Chairperson should appoint someone else and direct them to present their report by noon to be voted on. This can all be wrapped up by Monday. [ more ]
Former MemberAll you rass don't understand sarcasm. [ more ]
Former MemberWhy would anyone want to waste more time when the CCJ would throw out the case? Even the CoA judges look disgusted when the PNC attorney's asked for a stay. Let the CCJ judges enjoy their holiday. [ more ]
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has decided to meet at 10:00hrs on Sunday to discuss the way forward following the unanimous decision handed down by the Court of Appeal.
The Appeal Court on Thursday unanimously dismissed the challenge filed by APNU/AFC supporter Misenga Jones who was seeking to overturn a ruling of the Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George who had determined, among other things, that the recount results must be used as the basis of the declaration of the winner of the March 2 polls.
Following the ruling, which has paved the way for the Elections Commission to finally make a declaration using the recount numbers, PPP/C General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo urged GECOM to urgently meet and make a declaration of the elections held more than four months ago.
GECOM has been unable to make a declaration because, among other things, the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield has refused to submit his final elections report using the recount results as instructed by the GECOM Chair Justice Claudette Singh.
But the court has upheld the judgment that the CEO is not a lone ranger and is obligated to follow the instructions of the Commission.
The court also upheld the ruling of the Chief Justice that GECOM cannot resurrect the March 13 declarations by the ten Returning Officers since the national recount results have overtaken that process.
The recount results show that the PPP/C has won the elections with 233,336 votes.
Former MemberMost likely, AFC PNC commissioners will not show up tomorrow. They will drag this on but if they fail to show up after two requests, the chairperson can sit down with PPP commissioners and declare. PNC hit a roadblock. [ more ]
Ramakant-POne thousand signatures are not enough for the Chairperson to be fired. How can she be fired for doing her job according to the law? [ more ]
Former MemberI saw through Nigel Hughes since he visited an Indian village and pretend to know about agriculture and the villagers put mala around his neck. I was very angry knowing he is nothing more than a fake in the presence of Indians. Is he embracing the Indians now? [ more ]
Former MemberPrash, you are chasing a pipe dream bai. It ain't going to happen. I understand your frustration in dealing with a racist Afrocentric Granger led PNC administration but Indos of today are not like Jackass Jagan Indos of yesterday, they fight an eye for an eye. No need for a separate homeland, the next generation of Indos are no pushovers. No surrender, no pushover. An eye for eye ! Asking for a separate homeland is like being a coward and running away bai. [ more ]
PrashadYou cannot stop time. There will be an independent sovereign country for my people on the Soth American continent. It is the only solution. It may not happen in my lifetime but it will happen [ more ]
Ramakant-PI disagree with the last sentence. One more thing, there is isn't going to be a partition unless there is a civil war. Another thing there is a special bond between Muslims and Hindus in Guyana, which cannot be broken. So all speculations must be put to rest and let the PPP/C go ahead and develop the country once again. [ more ]
Appeal Court unanimously dismisses Misenga Jones’ appeal of CJ ruling
The Appeal Court, by a unanimous decision, dismissed the challenge brought by APNU/AFC supporter Misenga Jones who was seeking to overturn the ruling handed down by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George.
Jones’ appeal was heard by Appellate Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud, in association with High Court Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
All three justices, in their rulings, dismissed Jones’ application.
Jones was seeking to overturn the Chief Justice’s decision in a case she initially filed in a bid to compel the GECOM to utilize the 10 declarations by the Returning Officers as the basis for announcing the winner of the March 2 elections.
The Chief Justice had, however, dismissed Jones’s application for judicial review on the ground that the issues were res judicata, which means that they have already been ventilated and pronounced upon by a competent court, and cannot be relitigated.
Justice George had reiterated that Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield is not “a lone ranger” and “cannot act on his own”; but is subjected to the direction of the Elections Commission.
Additionally, she expressly stated that the figures from the 33-day Caricom-observed National Recount should form the basis for the declaration of the results. In the appeal filings, Jones is contending that the Chief Justice erred in law when she dismissed the case.
PPP Prime Ministerial Candidate Mark Phillips and Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali
Following the unanimous decision on Thursday by the Court of Appeal, the onus is now of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Justice Claudette Singh, to act urgently in declaring the results of the March 2 General and Regional Elections.
This is according to Prime Ministerial Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), Brigadier Mark Phillips, during a virtual interview programme titled ‘Government in Transition’ on Thursday evening.
The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the challenge brought by APNU/AFC supporter Misegna Jones, and upheld Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George’s recent ruling that the National Recount exercise is valid, and that the decision taken by the GECOM to use the Recount figures as the basis for a final declaration of the March 2 polls must be adhered to.
In the ruling handed down by Appellate Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud, along with High Court Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, it was asserted that the proceedings filed by Jones is an abuse of the court system, since many of the issues raised were previously dealt with in other litigations filed during the protracted electoral process.
According to Phillips, the CoA’s ruling was clear and definitive and hence, there is nothing preventing GECOM from declaring a winner and bring the long-delayed electoral process to an end.
“As far as I see it, there is no other obstacle and the onus is now on the Chair of GECOM to call a meeting as early as possible and to proceed fearlessly towards finality, because that is what all of the people have Guyana have been waiting for”.
The former Army head bemoaned the fact that citizens have been waiting patiently for close to five months to have the party they voted for assume the reins of power, adding that this unnecessary delay cannot continue any longer.
“So I do hope that in the shortest possible time, GECOM can now act. Because the only thing left now is for a declaration (of the results) of General and Regional Elections 2020,” Phillips urged.
The PM Candidate also pointed to President David Granger’s commitment on Thursday to accept the declaration by GECOM without any conditions and said that the nation will hold him to his words.
“We all have to wait now and see if he will stick to what he has said.”
However, Phillips cautioned that while the President has given his commitment to accept the results without any conditions, the PPP/C has taken note of others within the APNU who are sending conflicting and dangerous signals.
He referenced the contradicting statement made by Coalition Campaign Manager, Joseph Harmon, whom he said is bent on pushing the false narrative about ‘valid votes only’, even though the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has already pronounced that votes tabulated during the recount process are all valid except and until an elections court decides otherwise.
With a few of the hardcore APNU elements giving conflicting positions regarding acceptance of the results, Philips said: “There is likely to be some implosion within APNU…but we have to keep our eyes on Mr Granger and hope that he sticks to his word.”
APNU/AFC Presidential Candidate David Granger along with other members of the coalition at a campaign event in 2020
Phillips added that the APNU/AFC’s request for a ‘stay’ “was just a bluff” as he is certain that the Coalition would be embarrassed to return to the CCJ since the apex court had already ruled on these very matters.
Meanwhile, the PM Candidate lashed out at APNU/AFC-aligned Trade Unionist, Lincoln Lewis, for incorrectly using the term ‘regime change’.
He contended that Lewis is misusing the term since “regime change” means the replacement of one administration or a government by another, especially by means of military force.
“We don’t have regime change here…what we have is a government that was voted out of office, through a democratic process, that it what we have in Guyana,” Phillips declared.
The national recount has confirmed that the PPP/C has won the March 2 polls with in excess of 15,000 votes.
With great sadness and heavy heart I have to say Herman Cain has from the Corona virus, this was announced by his family. He ran as a Republican presidential candidate. It was stated he got infected after attending a Trump Rally in Utah.
ExxonMobil on Friday cautioned that Guyana stood to lose a lot the longer government takes to approve the development plan for Payara.
“Without final resolution of the election result and signing in a new government, there is a potential for delays to the schedule,” Senior Vice President, Neil Chapman told the second quarter 2020 earnings call.
Mr. Chapman suggested that it’s “very important” that the consortium gets the development plan approved in August so that it could issue its Final Investment Decision (FID) in September. Referring to possible bad weather, he said if a certain time-frame is missed, the project could suffer further delay by “some months.”
“What we continue to stress to the government is that if the project does get delayed, it’s a loss of value to the country and they understand that. It’s very, very clear the government understands that. It’s very, very clear the Ministry of Energy understands that,” he said.
He seemed impatient with little movement by Guyanese authorities in approving the development plan for the Payara well located offshore the oi-rich South American nation. Mr. Chapman said ExxonMobil was merely awaiting word from Guyana to make its FID.
“Everything we and the partners can do to progress Payara on schedule, we are doing and we’ve done. I said to our organisation many times ‘ we need to be ready to move as soon as the government is ready’ and we are ready. We are ready to FID this project but we need an approved development plan and that approved development plan needs to come from the government,” he said.
Referring to the Guyana government’s hiring of United Kingdom-headquartered Bayphase to evaluate the Payara development plan, the top ExxonMobil official said that has been worked “for a long, long time.”
Mr. Chapman said the consortium that is exploring and producing oil offshore Guyana was also paying keen attention to the political climate in Guyana. “Of course, we are waiting for a resolution, like everybody else of the election,” he said, adding that the outcome of the March 2, 2020 general elections has been held up by the national vote recount and an ensuing string of court cases.
The ExxonMobil official said his company was in “regular contact” with President David Granger and the People’s Progressive Party’s Bharrat Jagdeo and Irfaan Ali. “What we know is that all parties in Guyana want to progress this development,” he said.
The ExxonMobil official, meanwhile, assured that his company would continue to invest in Guyana’s exploration and production operations. “We would fund all the Guyana opportunities as they come forward,” he said even as he referred specifically to Liza 2 and Payara developments.
Mr. Chapman confirmed that ExxonMobil discovered two additional high-quality hydrocarbon reservoirs below and adjacent to Yellow Tail.
Looking ahead, the company official expects initial results from another prospect named Red Tail in August, even as it moves to Kaieteur Block in that same month. Hassar 1 and Bulletwood in the Canje Block are also earmarked for exploratory drilling this year.
Up to the end of June 2020, ExxonMobil had four drilling rigs – one on exploration and three on appraisal and project development drilling, the company said.
Liza Phase 2 remains on schedule for the 2022 start-up.
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seignetGranger got the word from GECOM, the world wants the Chairwoman to announce the election results. She is going to give it Granger, out of frustrations. She has had enough. [ more ]
Ramakant-PDon't bet on it. After the PNC destroyed the country between 1966 and 1992, their supporters voted strongly for them. Again after they ran the country down to the ground between 2015 and 2020, their supporters voted strongly for them. What does that tell you? [ more ]
Former MemberBy their behavior over the past 19 months the PNC has destroyed whatever little they had of influence and support. [ more ]
Dem boys nah know how many of ya’ll old enough fuh remember Dr. Hu. He used to cut go-dee. He used to cut it right deh in he clinic, stitch you up and send yuh home. He was not only a good go-dee doctor. He was also a smart man who know how fuh mek money pun dem lawyer who does like fuh play dem know all de tricks in de trade.
One day Dr. Hu put up a sign which read “Me cure any sickness fuh $100. If me can’t, me give you $500.”
A lawyer pass and see de sign and decide he gan mek some fast money off of Dr. Hu. He walk in de clinic and tell de doctor, “ I can’t taste anything!”
Dr. Hu turn to he nurse and seh,’ Bring bottle # 43. He put 2 drops pun de lawyer’s tongue. The lawyer quickly spits it out and holler, “ Uhg! That taste like gasoline!”
Dr. Hu seh, “ Dat will be 100 dollars. De lawyer pay up.
He went back de next day and seh, “Doctor, I lose meh memory!”
Dr. Hu tun to de nurse and seh,’ Bring bottle #43.”
De lawyer shout, “ But dat is de thing dat taste like gasoline.”
Dr. Hu tun to he and seh, “Yuh memory come back. That will be 100 dollars.”
By this time de lawyer frustrated. He went back de next day with an unbeatable plan. He tell Dr. Hu how he blind. He can’t see.
Dr. Hu hold he hand and take him to de cash register. Dr. Hu tek out five $1 bills and give it to him.
De lawyer tun to Dr. Hu and seh. “But you seh if you can’t cure me you gan pay me $500. How come yuh only give me $5.”
Dr. Hu tun to de lawyer. “Dat will be 100 dollars”
Talk half and wait fuh see whether Nigel de Who gan rush fuh represent Claw-dette!
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo [Photo: News Room]
Leader of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Bharrat Jagdeo has welcomed Thursday’s ruling by Guyana’s Court of Appeal in which it upheld the decision of Chief Justice Roxane George that the national vote recount is valid.
In dismissing the appeal as being frivolous and vexatious, the Court of Appeal also upheld that the Chief Elections Officer, as an employee of GECOM, must do as he is told by the Commission.
“We are pleased that the decision was unanimous in this regard,” Jagdeo said during a virtual briefing moments after the judgment was handed down.
He believes that even in the face of a 24-hour stay granted by the Court of Appeal, that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) must now move ahead with declaring the winner of the elections in keeping with the recount figures.
The recount shows the PPP winning the elections by over 15,000 votes.
“We were shocked to see how the court tolerated the nonsensical arguments that were proffered to justify the stay and the court did not answer the question from Senior Counsel [Douglas] Mendes as to what precisely are you staying,” Jagdeo added.
Jagdeo said with the appeal dismissed, GECOM’s Chairman former Judge Claudette Singh is under no obligation to respect the stay granted particularly when the Court did not clarify what the stay was about.
“We don’t know what this stay is about, what they are effectively doing… I would urge the Commission and Justice Singh to act urgently, the country has waited for a very long time… it is time to move on,” the Opposition Leader said.
According to the Constitution, Justice Singh makes a declaration of the results of the elections after the Chief Elections Officer presents his advice.
But the CEO Keith Lowenfield has repeatedly refused to produce his report using the recount figures and instead invalidated hundreds of thousands of votes to hand the APNU+AFC coalition a victory.
The recount shows the coalition losing the elections by over 24, 000 votes.
Jagdeo was keen to point out that the Court of Appeal made it clear that Lowenfield must follow the direction of the Commission in preparing his report which cannot be done using declarations made before the recount.
Ramakant-PHow many times did I not say that the PPP won the elections by 15336 votes? Lowenfield and co-conspirators tried to jump off a mountain, and when they were halfway down, they tried to turn back. The PNC and Coalition are dead. [ more ]
Former MemberIt started when Trump attacked that female Chinese reporter in the Rose Garden and will get worse. People are angry over this Pandemic and are acting out. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/11...n-collins/index.html [ more ]
Dem boys bin jump but nah bin surprise when Hammie open he mouth the other day. He bin tell the de facto Presithent dat he should nah bother with the Constitution and the law and how he should rememba dat he is the Commander in Chief.
Hammie ketch himself quick. Dem boys nah know whether it gat fuh do with visa politics. But he backtrack and seh how he tongue bin slip.
Dem boys bin wan know whether dat was a Freudian slip – an intentional error wah nonetheless does reveal wah yuh thinking subconsciously. The psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, bin put forward the theory dat a man’s true desires could only be known by paying attention to the ‘slips of the tongue’ and other clues from his unconscious mind.
If Hammie had a slip of the tongue when he talk about setting aside the law and the Constitution, then why he had to remind he mentee dat he was the Commander in Chief?
Dem boys believe dat Hammy had more dan a slip of the tongue. It was mo like a slide and ah fall down.
It mek dem boys recall the time when a matador talk about the fuss time he face one of the fiercest bulls. The man claim how when the bull charge, he slide to the right. The bull attack again, his horns bearing down like spears. The matador seh he then slide to the left. He seh he bin frighten because he nah bin know nutting about bullfighting. He seh he keep sliding till the bull get tired.
A man wah bin listening to the story tun to the matador and seh, “But you lucky. If was me, I would a mess myself.”
The matador tun to the man and seh, “Wah you think ah bin sliding pun?
Former MemberAccording to Sanjeev Datadin even Palm Court is saying that there are no vacancies there. Not so long ago there was the belief that the PPP will remain in Opposition for decades and the Coalition will remain in government. In just 5 years, not only was the PPP legitimately elected the government and the Coalition being back in the Opposition but the embarrassing manner in which the PNC lost and their behavior since that lost will guarantee that they remain in Opposition for decades if not... [ more ]
Former MemberRe: Any bets for tomorrow's COA appeal case ? [ more ]
Vish MStep 1 - COA ----- Case dismissed...then to CCJ but it will be an exercise in Futility Step 2 - Deal with the corrupted and incompetent Lowenfield Step 3 - His deputy will try the same BS Step 4 - Commissioners will need to compile their own report Step 5 - after next Friday GECOM Chairwoman will announce Irfan as President [ more ]
Former MemberIt was scattered throughout their oral argument/ruling today. [ more ]
Former MemberEven a case without merit and the court decides to entertain it is still time wasted. APNU was granted 24 hours stay, who knows what else may come up within 24 hours. [ more ]
Demerara_GuyVictoria woman denies knowing name used to file charges against GECOM Chair, but now agrees By Editor On Jul 30, 2020 , Source - News Room - https://newsroom.gy/2020/07/30...hair-but-now-agrees/ One hour after the News Room spoke with the relative, Onita Walcott appeared in a live video on the Facebook page of APNU member James Bond Onita Walcott, one of the individuals whose name appeared on court documents as filing private criminal charges against the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections... [ more ]
BasemanGirl, PNC was back and forth on their PM because he was Indian. I can tell you, had the PNC won, they would tell Jhatt haul he arse. But the PPP needs to bring more blacks to the forefront, at least in the proportion of their population. [ more ]
MarsSean, yuji, Tom by the lake or whatever name you want to use, you're still the same racist creep that you always were. Nothing can hide the racist bile that oozes out from your pores, no matter what name you choose to use here. You started with the antiman talk about some fictional pink bucket with holes that you think I own. When you want to talk about who behaves like a girly man, you just have to look at the many times that you ran away crying from GNI, swearing never to post here again. [ more ]
Former MemberFor the first time I saw Basil Jackass William's face looked like a mash up mango. This banna is yet to win a major case. I wonder who will pay his legal bills ? Are the people of Guyana footing these PNC challenge bills ? [ more ]
I am obliged to observe elections declaration – Granger
Caretaker President David Granger this morning said he is obliged to observe whatever declaration is made by the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
He was at the time responding to questions from the media about what his position would be should the GECOM Chair Justice Claudette Singh declare the elections based on the recount results – which his party is falsely claiming are not credible.
“With respect, my statements on compliance with the declaration is not conditional. I didn’t say if the rain is falling or the sun is shining, you know, if it comes by day or by night. I am obliged to observe the declaration of the Chairman of the Elections Commission,” Granger told reporters on the sidelines of an event.
While the APNU Leader noted that he is obliged to accept the elections declaration, he did not say whether he would. In fact, Granger’s coalition party has been mounting court challenge after court challenge in a bid to block GECOM from making the declaration.
Granger had previously committed to accepting whatever results emanated from the national recount exercise but now, he has flip-flopped on his promise. Instead, his party wants a declaration based on the original tabulation of votes, including the fraudulent figures produced by Clairmont Mingo, the Returning Officer of the largest electoral district, Region Four.
Mingo’s figures were heavily inflated in favour of the APNU/AFC coalition – as observed by members of the international community.
In fact, it was Mingo’s production of concocted numbers that led to the undertaking of the National Recount exercise – which was agreed upon by caretaker President Granger and the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. It was also conducted under the auspices of the Caribbean Community – which Granger had described as the most important interlocutor in the process.
Caricom, in its report on the recount, deemed the results emanating from the process credible and asserted that it should be the basis of the declaration of the winner of the March 2 polls.
But APNU/AFC coalition refused to accept the findings and instead launched a campaign aimed at discrediting the recount activity, though it was hailed as a credible process by the international observers, local observers and nine other political parties that contested the elections.
Guyana’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice, has already ruled that the recount results must be used to declare the winner of the elections.
The CCJ’s written judgment states: “Unless and until an election court decides otherwise, the votes already counted by the recount process as valid votes are incapable of being declared invalid by any person or authority”.