GECOM’s constitutional obligation is to act with impartiality

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is correctly being bombarded internationally and on the local front with respect to the unclear approach used to select temporary and permanent staff.This in addition to President Granger’s recent disclosure that the tried and proved ‘Carter Formula’ has lost its relevance is a conjured assassination plot on democracy and the freedoms of all Guyanese.The endless criticisms have been justified and merited, especially from the perspective of the apparent lack of concern being displayed by the leaders of the organisation. These have been prejudicial at best, and strongly in conflict with the neutrality mechanisms in place to discharge the intended responsibilities, roles and functions of the organisation.As the entity responsible for the administration and conduct of elections in Guyana, the constitutional obligation and core role of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the execution of its functions is to act with impartiality and fairness in the execution of its duties under Section (162 (1) [b], Constitution (Amendment) Act).It is not as if GECOM has been without many known problems which are still expected to be remedied; there are indeed many. Further, the concerns have become more glaring based on the links with, as well as the relationship of, persons internal and external to the organisation who are culpable of fraudulent operational practices. Their influence over, and connection with, election works and results affirm that the likes of such elements MUST be permanently divorced from any functional or oversight activity of the commission.The Auditor General’s recent report bears rich testimony to excessive and indecent practices by some involved in GECOM’s works. What complicates matters further, and creates an untrustworthy conundrum, is the almost immediate posture taken by the new Chairman of the Commission in the face of much public complaints and evidence from the reports of the Auditor General.In fact, since the imposition of Justice (R’td) James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM, the nation is yet to witness any meaningful approach to create or encourage any firm balance and neutral stance required to realise and set at ease the associated concerns. On the contrary, there have been praises emanating from the Chairman of the performances of the incumbent persons, which almost further challenges the Auditor General to take additional independent actions.The threats to the nation are therefore being amplified under the outlined framework, which also defeats the constitutional intent of having a chairman for the institution who has the “qualities of, or has been, a Judge”.Had it not been for other extant counter-measures, such as counting the votes at the places of poll, the current approach and signals would suggest in-chamber decisions being made even before the first vote is cast, or witness called.President Granger, after having reneged on the customary approach of selecting the Chairman of GECOM, has now become the leading advocate against the use of the ‘Carter Formula,’ which essentially brought democracy to this country. The methods have been acceptable, agreed and constitutionally enshrined approach for the regulation of elections for over 25 years.The recommended changes in the composition and method of selection of the members of the Elections Commission are another deflection; bent on distracting the necessary and required focus of addressing other critical and problematic areas.The suggestion that related selection issues can be treated similar to other constitutional commissions lends the establishment of a ‘paper tiger’ position similar to the treatment given by this Government to other commissions. Full autonomy and no less equal balance than is offered by the current Carter Charter must be a determinant.One cannot help but observe that there is now a trend emerging from the Coalition Leadership of imposing on citizens many legally challengeable decisions.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

NEW GPC fulfilled all contractual obligations to Govt

first_img– roasts Guyana Chronicle’s biased reportageThe New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC) has exposed the Guyana Chronicle over a biased article it published on Monday which erroneously suggested that the pharmaceutical giant failed to honour its contractual obligations to the Ministry of Health for the supply of drugs between 2011 and 2015.The Government-controlled Chronicle in a Page 10 article referred to the Auditor General Report for 2015 which claims that NEW GPC is still to supply drugs and medical supplies valued $11.8 million for 2011 and $44.9 million for 2013.“The company wishes to categorically state that it has completely fulfilled its obligations under contracts with the Ministry of Health for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015,” the NEW GPC said in a statement.The NEW GPC added that it was willing to share this information in the form of delivery notes with the Auditor General if he so pleases.“NEW GPC also wishes to reiterate that in the future if the authorities are unable to locate documentation the company will be willing to assist since as the Chronicle article proves, there is obvious bias in the reporting as only NEW GPC was singled out as a supplier for mention by name,” the company stated on Monday.last_img read more

Councillor instructs Town Clerk to ‘shut up’, apologises later

first_img… comprehensive solid waste management policy neededBy Lakhram BaghiratCity Hall was temporarily converted into a battlefield when Town Clerk Royston King was ordered to ‘shut up’ by Councillor Gregory Fraser who was at the time addressing the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) Statutory Meeting on Monday. However, he was later forced to apologise but did so only after King threatened to walk out of the meeting along with his officers.Councillor Gregory Fraser during the intense argumentEarlier in the meeting, King told the Council that contrary to reports in certain sections of the media, the contract with Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal has not been terminated on the part of City Hall; rather it was on the part of the contractors.Councillor Ivelaw Henry chaired the meeting since both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were said to be out of the jurisdiction on official business and medical emergencies, respectively.Garbage contractors Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal pulled their services for the second time in less than a month after being owed over $300 million. The companies decided to withdraw their services to City Hall, as the lack of payment to the companies continues despite promises to be paid.Following the companies withdrawal of services, the Town Clerk wrote to both companies.“I however, write on behalf of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to inform you that the recent actions by your company to withdraw garbage collection services (from July 7-11) and the intended action to do so with effect from the 6th August, 2017, is viewed by the Council as a termination of the current contract, since there is no provision  within the current contract between the Mayor and City Council and your corporation for the suspension of garbage collection services,” King said in his correspondence.At Monday’s meeting, he maintained that and while trying to address the situation, Councillor Fraser referred to the termination as City Hall’s move and lost all cool when King intervened to correct his statement.“Mister Chairman, I have to discuss the termination of the contract of Puran and Cevons,” Fraser stated.“Mr Chairman I want to make the point again that perhaps the Councillor missed the point I made,” King interrupted.“Mr Chairman I am not speaking to the Town Clerk. Mr Town Clerk I am not finished speaking. Mr Town Clerk I suggest you wait until I am finished speaking before you rebut, you don’t know what I am going to say,” Fraser fired back amidst chatter from the Town Clerk.“Mr Chairman I am not rebutting,” King continued.“Mr Town Clerk you don’t know what I am going to say, you need to shut up!” Fraser exclaimed.“I am here to guide this meeting. I am saying the Councillor used the wrong word ‘termination’ and I am saying that the word has been incorrectly used. We have not terminated the contract of Cevons or Purans,” King continued.At this, most of the Councillors and administrative officers began raising their voices demanding an apology and withdrawal of the statement. In an effort to calm the situation, Councillor Henry withdrew the statement but that did not go down well with the other Councillors.However, after approximately 10 minutes of back and forth between Councillors, Chairman Henry ordered Fraser to apologise and withdraw his statement, which he subsequently did.When the commotion died down, former Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, tabled a motion calling for a comprehensive and coherent, modern policy of the city’s solid waste management. In defending the motion, Duncan said the policy will be timely and in keeping with the transformation of Georgetown into a modern city.The motion was carried by the Council and the Markets Committee is now going to be tasked with crafting the policy.last_img read more


first_imgDue to the economic recession and the lower tax take from the business sector, the Revenue are on a mission to collect every cent they are owed says a leading tax consultant.The Tax ClinicMichael Coll, from The Tax Clinic, says that there has been a huge increase in the number of PAYE workers who are being questioned by the Revenue about their different sources of income.The Letterkenny-based businessman says if you are in receipt of any other income apart from your income earned as an employee you may have an obligation to declare this on what is called a Form 12. Mr. Coll says that you may have been sent out a Form 12 for the following reasons:• You could have been chosen at random to complete a Form 12.• The Revenue may have obtained third party information regarding additional non-PAYE income such as payments from the Department of Agriculture, Rental Income etc.• You have had a gain subject to Capital Gains Tax during the year, an example would be property or shares sold. His advises if you have received a Form 12 do not ignore it. You must complete the form honestly ensuring that you declare your income from all sources. In some circumstances it may be beneficial to seek professional advice.To find out more log onto or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs”Letterkenny Office – 074 91 60550 (Michael)Killybegs Office – 074 97 32055 (Mabel) REVENUE IN DONEGAL TARGET PAYE WORKERS NOT DECLARING HIDDEN INCOME was last modified: October 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Michael CollPAYETax Cliniclast_img read more

Bush defends war, promotes energy independence

first_imgWASHINGTON – A politically weakened President Bush declared Tuesday night that America must break its long dependence on Mideast oil and rebuked critics of his stay-the-course strategy for the unpopular war in Iraq. “America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world,” Bush said as he sought to drive the election-year agenda in his annual State of the Union address. Rejecting calls for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Bush said, “There is no peace in retreat.” He also snapped at those who complain he took the country to war on beliefs that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. In an unscripted moment, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq, was taken into custody by police in the House gallery just before Bush spoke to a joint session of Congress. She was escorted from the visitors gallery after she caused a disruption, a Capitol Police official said. With Congress facing midterm elections in November, there was a partisan mood in the chamber as Bush, hampered by big budget deficits, offered a modest program. Democrats stood and cheered when Bush said that Congress did not act a year ago “on my proposal to save Social Security. Yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away.” Switching gears, Bush asked lawmakers to join him in naming a commission to examine the impact of Baby Boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid spending. He declared that the “the state of our union is strong” despite Americans’ anxieties about the war in Iraq, the economy and soaring energy costs. Oil prices are inching toward $70 a barrel, throwing a cloud over the economy and pinching Americans’ pocketbooks. Bush called for increased federal research into alternative fuels such as ethanol made from weeds or wood chips instead of corn. Bush also called for greater public spending on science research and more money for math and science education. He proposed an initiative to train 70,000 high school teachers to lead advanced-placement courses in math and science. In addition, he urged bringing 30,000 math and science professionals into the classrooms to teach. “We need to encourage children to take more math and science and make sure those courses are rigorous enough to compete with other nations,” the president said. Health care is a priority for both parties, since nearly 46 million Americans lack insurance. Democrats say that in 2005 alone, the number of uninsured grew by nearly a million. Bush proposed greater tax benefits for health saving accounts, the high-deductible health care plan that allows people to contribute money tax-free to 401(k)-like health savings plans, as a way to expand their use. Many Republicans cheered Bush when he defended his program of surveillance in the United States without warrants to combat terrorism – a program whose legality has been challenged by members of both parties. “This terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks,” he said. With the war in Iraq about to enter its fourth year and more than 2,240 American troops killed, Bush said the nation must not falter in what he called the central front in the war on terror. Similarly, he urged the new ruling Palestinian party Hamas to “recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism and work for lasting peace.” Bush said the United States and its allies were united in insisting that Iran not develop nuclear weapons. Speaking directly to the Iranian people, Bush ooked toward a different future for their country and said the United States “hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.” Bush went before the nation after the toughest year of his administration. His job approval rating is in the anemic high 30s to low 40s. ——— INSIDE California’s congressional delegation’s reaction to the State of the Union. / A6 ——— For a full transcript of the State of the Union, go to: www.whittierdailynews .com. ONLINE POLL: How did President Bush do? Tell us at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Milford Inn Hotel will be at the centre of the action during this weekend’s 45th Joule Donegal International Rally.The hotel’s new owners Marty and Tricia Kelly are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the year, as the rally welcomes over 50,000 people to the county. The Milford venue is the perfect place to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Donegal International Rally, as the town hosts the rally’s Saturday and Sunday service area at Milford Mart.Over the course of the weekend, the Milford Inn Hotel has put together a fantastic line-up of events for local and visiting rally enthusiasts.There’s live music in the lounge all weekend, with entertainment by Rush Hour from 7-10pm on Friday, 19th June and Johnny Haughey on Saturday, 20th June.There’s also a Disco Bar with DJ Mo on Friday and Saturday night from 10.00pm – 2.00am, with buses to and from the venue available from Rathmullan, Ramelton and Fanad. Breakfast will be available to the public from 7am each morning. And while the Donegal International Rally is the main event this weekend, the hotel’s five course Sunday carvery is also the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, 21st June.Served in The Mulroy Suite from 12pm – 4pm, the carvery offers delicious food and excellent value for money, starting from just €10.50 for adults, while children under ten cost €5 and children under three eat for free.They’ve only been in the job six weeks but the new owners of The Milford Inn have already gotten off to a flying start.Letterkenny couple, Marty and Tricia Kelly, are currently devoting all of their energy and enthusiasm to putting their own stamp on the iconic Milford venue.A full revamp of the restaurant is well underway and due for completion in the coming weeks.The new owners are determined to put Milford on the culinary map and the restaurant will open with a re-imagined menu, serving the finest fresh, local and artisan produce. Originally from Creeslough, Tricia Kelly is a qualified hotel manager with 15 years’ experience managing Letterkenny hotels.While they live in Letterkenny, the pair are no strangers to Milford through their work with Bluebird Care, an organisation that provides support to people of all ages in their home and in the community.Set-up by Marty Kelly six years ago, Bluebird Care provides home care for older people, children and people with physical and intellectual disabilities.The organisation looks after a number of families in the Milford area. Weddings remain a key focus for the new owners and bookings for 2015 and 2016 have already been secured.The hotel also has a number of vacancies to fill and is looking for talented and passionate people to join the team.For more information contact Tricia Kelly on 074 91 53313 or email CVs to info@milfordinnhotel.comMILFORD INN HOTEL ‘GEARING’ UP FOR THE JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Businessdonegal international rallyFeaturesnewsThe Milford Innlast_img read more


first_imgA man tried to choke another man believing he was the devil after he started dating his wife.Gasior leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Robert Gasior appeared in court in court in Letterkenny today charged with assaulting his love rival Robert Nessbert. Mr Nessbert, from Cardiff in Wales, began dating Mr Gasior’s former wife Joanna.However Gasior, 37, a Polish national, could not accept the relationship was over and tried to assault Mr Nessbert at Lawnsdale, Ballybofey on December 31st, 2013.Mr Nessbert, who sat at the back of Letterkenny Dsitrict Court today with his girlfriend, Gasior’s former wife, revealed details of the attack.He said that Gasior, of Beechwood Avenue, Ballybofey, is using his religious feelings to attack him.“He says that Jesus Christ is going to get me. He thinks I’m the devil. He thinks because he believe in God he has a certain right to come to me and preach. He just won’t accept that it is over. We have found our way to live and we just want him to do the same.“He has tried to bless me – he’s not a normal person. I do feel threatened because I don’t know what he’s thinking. He said Jesus Christ is going to get me.”He added that on the day of the assault Gasior tried to choke him.“He approached me and asked me if I was sleeping with his wife. I asked him what did he think as we had been seeing each other for nine months.“I called him a coward. His actions are that of a coward. He said that he needed to protect his family from the devil. I would have to question this man’s mental health.“He puts his hands around my throat and another witness called the Gardai,” he said.Solicitor for Gasior, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said the incident had had a devastating effect on his client and this could be seen from his demeanour in court.Judge Denis McLoughlin said that because the incident happened back as far as 2013, and because he didn’t consider the incident as particularly serious and Gasior had no previous convictions, he would apply the probation act.MAN TRIED TO CHOKE HIS LOVE RIVAL CLAIMING HE WAS THE DEVIL was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill senior team travel to City Of Derry 4ths on Sat, November 18th for another gruelling contest in the minor league north division.Last year it was the making of Tir Chonaill with there first victory and a comprenhensive victory it was so another result like last year would really kick their season of.Early in the day the younger Tir Chonaill players hold an all county blitz in carrickfinn with teams from finn valley and inishowen and donegal all travelling to the north west all the best to all taken part. Friday the 23rd, November in Careys Viking House Hotel in Kincasslagh holds our first quiz of the year teams of 4 20euro commencing at 9.30pm..Why not come out for an enjoyable night and to support the developement of the local rugby team.TIR CHONAILL RUGBY CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Tir Chonaill Rugby Club newslast_img read more


first_imgWAAR – WILD ATLANTIC ADVENTURE RACE WAS HOSTED BY CLG NAOMH MUIRE LAST WEEKENDWith over 400 participants the well organised event ran seamlessly, in this the second year of the adventure race.WAAR is a fundraiser for Naomh Muire GAA club but also brings an early boost to the local economy with the event attracting competitors from the four corners of Ireland and further afield. The Overall Winner this year was Sean McFadden with a very impressive time of 2.17.54Quickly followed by Martin Lynch and Neil McBride.Clg Naomh Muire has declared WAAR again on the 13th of May 2017. Total distance is 53K* including; 7.5k Run along the Wild Atlantic Costline, 42.5k broken Cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way,2k Hike with views over the hills of Donegal and 1k kayak on Mullaghdearg Lake. *Approx, may be slight variation to course on the dayWill you go to WAAR next year?Click on the video below to see WAAR 2016 in full swing.WAAR – Wild Atlantic Adventure Race @WAAR_IE from Wild Atlantic Adventure Race on Vimeo.DDTV: WATCH BRILLANT DRONE FOOTAGE OF WAAR 2016 was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE Rosses community is coming together again this evening with a fundraiser for local woman Charlotte McBride.Charlotte still remains ill in Beaumont Hospital but the prayers of her community and wider Donegal community are with her and her family.This evening at Casadh An tSugan there will be a 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk and a 10k/20k Cycle/ Reg. @ 6.00 Cycle starts at 7.00 with Runners, Walker, Joggers, starting at 7.15pm. All Donations WelcomeOn your return there will be refreshments, nibbles and raffles galore…Including one to win this football – signed by Bradford soccer star Carl McHugh.Pic Brid SweeneyHUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR CHARLOTTE McBRIDE FUNDRAISER TONIGHT was last modified: July 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR CHARLOTTE McBRIDE FUNDRAISER TONIGHTlast_img read more