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GECOM ready for Nomination Day – PRO

first_imgIn less than eight weeks, Guyanese will be heading to the polls and in preparation for the upcoming March 2 General and Regional Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is all set to host Nomination Day on Friday.GECOM PRO Yolanda Ward at the lunchtime lecture organised by the Guyana Press Association (GPA) on Tuesday at Moray HouseThis is according to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yolanda Ward, who delivered a presentation to members of the media on Tuesday, on the practices, procedures and laws relating to the conduct of Nomination Day.On that day, each party contesting the elections will have to submit their list of candidates for the election of a President, members of the National Assembly and members of the Regional Democratic Councils to the Chief Elections Officer.This will be done at the Umana Yana, High Street, Kingston, Georgetown on Friday from 13:00 to 17:00h.Moreover, the Nomination Day process began last month when political parties had to submit their party symbols to GECOM by December 13, 2019. This, Ward explained, was to allow the Commission to examine the symbols and give approval to avoid issues such as duplication. This way, parties will be informed of ahead of Nomination Day and will be able to make adjustments.However, she explained that parties are allowed also to submit their symbols on Nomination Day as well.GECOM had reported that 19 political parties have submitted symbols thus far and of these, 14 are new parties. While the two main political parties – the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – have been gearing up March 2 polls, there have been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months. As a matter of fact, so far, there have been 19 parties indicating interest in contending the upcoming elections.According to Ward, the law prescribed that the submissions of the lists of candidates will have to be done strictly on Nomination Day and within the timeframe set – no time earlier or later. She went on to explain how the lists are formed and who should be on each list.The GECOM PRO pointed out that all the lists must be registered electors. For the National Top-Up List, it should comprise of 300-330 nominators, 42 candidates (persons to be elected to sit in National Assembly) who all need a statutory declaration form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths or Justice of Peace, and include the name of the Presidential Candidate.The Statutory Declaration form is what candidates sign to indicate that they are Guyanese and do not have dual citizenship. According to Ward, the onus is on the Candidates to be honest when they sign the statutory forms since the laws do not provide for false declarations made by candidates.Meanwhile, the Geographical Constituency (Administrative Regions) List must include 150-175 nominators from each constituency and no more than 45 candidates.It must be noted that parties are not mandated to contest both General and Regional Elections. Likewise, they are not mandated to contest in all 10 geographical constituencies but they must contest in at least six of those regions.With regards to the Regional Elections, the Regional Democratic Council List must comprise of 150-175 nominators for each constituency – all residing in the said region, and 12 to 36 candidates also from within the region. They too are required to sign a statutory form.Candidates and nominators can only appear on one party’s lists – both National Top-up and Geographical Constituency Lists – but only on one of that party’s geographical lists.Parties are also required to have one-third female presence on their National Top-Up List and same on the combined Geographical Constituency Lists in accordance with gender balance laws.These requirements, as well as others, will be examined by Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield on Nomination Day and those parties whose lists, even one, do not meet all the requirements will be deemed defective.Parties will have 24 hours after Nomination Day to notify the CEO in writing of death and/or withdrawals of candidates and/or nominators. In addition, parties can also withdraw their lists but this will have to be done in writing by both the representative and deputy of the lists and before the lists are approved.On January 12, the CEO will inform the representative and/or deputies of the defective lists of same and they will have until the following day to make and submit the corrections.On January 15, the CEO will inform of the approval and/or non-approval of the lists by the Elections Commission. Parties will also have up until January 16 to make any appeals to the High Court based on the decisions of the Commission.Additionally, representatives and/or their deputies will have until January 17 to notify the CEO of any joiner of lists by two or more parties. Finally, on January 19, the titles and symbols of the approved lists of each party will be published in the gazette along with the names of the candidates.The CEO will make these lists available for public scrutiny.last_img read more

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first_imgRe: “Korean-Americans fearing backlash” (April 18): I am a black American, and the first thing I do when there is any kind of rape, murder or robbery is hope the person who committed the crime is not black, because I know the whole black race will be associated with the crime. I think most minority groups do the same thing. Can the same be said about Caucasian people? When Geoffrey Dahmer was eating black people, I didn’t think all whites were looking to eat me alive. But when the Rodney King verdict was announced, I couldn’t walk down the street without getting the look. All minorities know what the look is. So don’t clump all Koreans with the act of one mentally disturbed person. In turn, I won’t lock my door just because a white person is crossing the street. – Kevin Streaty Granada Hills Religious motive? I’m sure they will uncover an excess of religious morality instruction in Cho Seung-Hui’s youth. His rant against girls and debauchery indicate that there was an insurmountable conflict between this morality training and his natural instinct to seek comfort and closeness with the most alluring girls in our society, college coeds. It was just overwhelming. In trying to prevent this type of disaster in the future, I suggest that all the institutes of higher learning initiate a “buddy system” wherein every freshman is assigned an upperclassman as a “big brother/sister.” This would uncover any basic psychological problems and, at the same time, make it easier for shy and timid students to assimilate and learn to handle their new environment. – Bernard Lehrer Ventura Land of make-believe We live in a violent society. Some of the most successful computer games are based on crime. “Grand Theft Auto” has made Take Two Interactive a very profitable company. When we look at TV, there is a plethora of crime shows. How many “CSI” versions are there? Another channel offers “Law and Order” in various versions. There are too many crime shows to list them all here. What does this say about our nation? Is it any wonder that killing occurs on our high school and college campuses? It’s all make-believe, right? – Don Evans Canoga Park Islamophobia Re: “American Muslims beginning to fear that `Islamophobia’ is gripping the U.S.” (April 11): In a nation that prides itself on diversity and inclusiveness, hate against one minority – American Muslims – still goes unchallenged and is even legitimized. Islamophobia, or the irrational fear of Islam and Muslims, continually leads to hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims and those perceived as such. Is it any surprise then, when we are confronted with a Gallup poll reporting that about 40 percent of Americans favor special IDs for Muslims, including U.S. citizens? If that kind of action was advocated against any other minority, such as blacks, Italians, Jews or Asian-Americans, there would be an uproar across the country. Let us stop demonizing one another. Let us have the courage to stand up for our American values, by showing respect and fair treatment toward each minority. Hate and fear are the hallmark of cowards, and in the end, hurt each one of us. – Masoud Nassimi Westminster `Expert’ opinion Re: “American Muslims beginning to fear that `Islamophobia’ is gripping the U.S.” (April 11): As an American Muslim, I get to hear firsthand some of the things that the community faces at work, in our public elementary schools as well as in our stores and malls. It is nice that these feelings in the American Muslim community are being brought to the surface so that some light is shed on it – sunlight is the best disinfectant. However, I noticed that in the article Daniel Pipes was noted as an “expert.” I take issue with such a classification because Pipes has shown constantly that he is an extremist. His long history of inflammatory comments proves that he is a divisive opportunist who feeds on fear and alienation rather than community building and mutual respect and understanding. – Affad T. Shaikh Palmdale Gun-control logic Re: “Bill tightening ammo-buying rules advances” (April 18): Gang crime is up 40 percent, so our illustrious Mayor Villaraigosa and his sidekicks, Sheriff Baca and Police Chief Bratton, have sponsored a bill that will make it more expensive and time-consuming for law-abiding citizens to purchase ammo for their handguns. How brilliant. I have a much better idea the posse should implement instead. Why don’t you try enforcing the immigration laws already on the books and reverse your policy making Los Angeles a sanctuary city for breeding alien criminals, i.e. gang members? California already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country that only serve to punish law-abiding gun owners. Those laws forced almost every gun store in the city to close or move to Simi Valley or Burbank. They didn’t work, did they? – Bob Budworth Woodland Hills DWP economics Re: “DWP adds to in-house work crews” (April 18): O.K., let’s see, outside contractor … Cheaper, faster and with more quality. Soooo, we need the DWP trunkline crews because … why? – Bill Merriman Tujunga Union blues “DWP crews costly choice” (April 17): This article is an excellent example of how throughout our nation unions are costing the average taxpayer more and more in taxes. The quality of our public-school system nationwide gradually has declined to its present point because the NEA hierarchy is concerned with having political clout and does not care about our kids’ academics. I know the history of the American union movement. My dad was a union organizer in the early 1930s, and he was blackballed from getting a job in the entire state of Ohio because he was a union organizer. But part of the human nature is to go from one extreme to another extreme. I am not anti-union, but the unions have become too extreme. – Allen Conley Heatherly Reseda Stop red-light cams Re: “Red-light photos in slow lane” (April 16) The ill-conceived “red-light cameras” suffer from more than just electronic problems: Their cost of $12 million could pay for traffic officers to patrol any problem intersections. Most crashes at intersections do not involve running red lights, per LAPD statistics. The selection of the intersections does not start out with those with the highest number of crashes. The adjustment of the yellow-light length by one second can result in many extra tickets being written without any significant danger being created. Finally, this “Big Brother” ticket-imposing program has been deliberately made into an unfair money-making regime rather than being revenue-neutral. – Carl Olson Woodland Hills Investigate Pelosi A full investigation should be made of both Nancy Pelosi and Tom Lantos, who have violated both the Constitution of the United States and the Logan Act of 1798. The Constitution gives the authority to conduct foreign policy to the president of the United States. The Logan Act forbids anyone, without administrative consent, to communicate with a foreign government as to controversies with the United States. Pelosi’s trip to Syria without the consent of the president was clearly a breach of both of these rules of law. Tom Lantos, who accompanied Pelosi, was quoted as saying that they were presenting another option as to U.S. diplomacy. They both should be required to personally pay for their entire trip. -Robin G. 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