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GUYANA | GECOM says Guyana elections can be held by February 2020

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September 20, 2019 - Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh has told president David Granger that  the electoral body would be ready to hold General and Regional elections by the end of February 2020.
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Cuba receives fuel shipment despite US Embargo

HAVANA, Sept. 18, 2019 – Despite U.S. sanctions on oil shipments to Cuba which are causing severe fuel shortage in the Caribbean nation, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez says the situation has eased with the arrival of a tanker from Venezuela with several million barrels of oil on September 14 as projected.
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Haiti's Capital Still Paralyzed On Second Day Of Protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, September 17, 2019  - A second day of protests took place on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince and several provincial capitals of Haiti against fuel shortages, leaving at least one person dead, according to local reports.
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GUYANA | GECOM to determine timeframe for elections

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, September 17, 2019 - The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is Wednesday expected to decide on a new timeframe within which general and regional council elections could be held, paving the way for President David Granger to dissolve Parliament and name an election date.
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John Bercow bows out: a speaker who defended parliament and transformed the role

Pig-headed, obnoxious, pompous, too fond of the sound of his own voice … John Bercow has collected a range of epithets during his period as speaker of the House of Commons. And yet my sense is that even his harshest critics harbour at least some grudging respect for him as the speaker who really did speak for parliament.
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GUYANA | General Elections could be held by December this year

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, September 16, 2019 - Despite information from the Chief Elections Officer that it is unlikely that elections can be held before March next year, top representatives of the governing coalition were told by Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh that she hopes to be ready for elections late this year.
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Venezuela Gov't Announces Agreements with Opposition

The Venezuelan government and several opposition parties announced multiple agreements and the beginning of a new round of dialogue that deals with issues relating to future elections, prisoners release and the rejection of U.S. blockade against the country. 

Cuban President outline measures to deal with conjunctural fuel shortage

With the Trump administration increasing its economic sanctions against Cuba particularly as it relates to the delivery of fuel oil, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, is reporting that his government has put measures in place to avert a shortage of fuel.
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JAMAICA | PNP to focus on reconciliation and party unity

KINGSTON, Jamaica September 11, 2019 - Jamaica’s opposition Peoples National Party is taking steps to unify the party and to focus on reconciliation, following what president Dr. Peter Phillips called “a gruelling campaign lasting 90 days.”
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JAMAICA | Munroe urges fresh start for Integrity Commission

KINGSTON, September 2, 2019 - Consequent upon the resignation of Justice Karl Harrison as Chairman of the island's Integrity Commission, Executive Director of  the National Intergrity Action, NIA, professor Trevor Munroe wants swift action to give the Integrity Commission a new start in the wake of recent developments.

MEXICO | US Must Stop Guns From Reaching Mexico: Foreign Minister

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard held a meeting Tuesday with U.S. Vicepresident Mike Pence and Senior advisor Jared Kushner where he called for the U.S. to implement gun controls to freeze the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico, a huge contributing factor the country’s issue of violence and insecurity.

BAHAMAS | Bahamians Could Be Denied US Entry Due to Trump's Migration Policy

Hundreds of Bahamian evacuees currently in Nassau, Great Abaco, and Florida expressed Monday their intentions of migrating to the United States due to the scarce probability of reconstruction and unlikely effective action from authorities in their homeland, yet due to Donald Trump's anti-migrant policy their plans might face obstacles.
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GUYANA | Elections possible by March says Chief Elections Officer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September 10, 2019 - Guyana's Chief Elections Officer and (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield, has told the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission that the earliest the machinery can be ready for general elections is next year March.
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JAMAICA | Private Bar questions need for changes to Bail Act

KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 3, 2019 - The suggestion by National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang that constitutional changes may be necessary to strengthen the Bail Act to allow for prolonged detention of accused persons without charge, is not going down well with members of the legal profession.

United Kingdom | UK Conservatives Lose Majority In Parliament

On tuesday, Conservative MP Philip Lee announced that he has defected from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats, meaning that Boris Johnson’s government no longer has a working majority in parliament, There is now complete uncertainty as to whether there will be an election, or a majority prepared to vote for a no deal exit. 

JAMAICA | Integrity Chairman Resigns; Opposition wants Parliamentary oversight of Integrity Commission

KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 2, 2019: Consequent upon the resignation of chairman of the agency Justice Karl Harrison, leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, is reiterating his call for the immediate establishment of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee of the Integrity Commission as mandated by the Integrity Commission Act.

Jamaica | Concern over plan by govt to amend the Bail Act

KINGSTON,  August 31, 2019 - Members of the legal profession as well as civil society, are concerned over the plan by government to extend the amount of time accused persons can be held by the police without granting bail, with the planned amendment to the Bail Act, which they said could be  unconstitutional.
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GUYANA | GECOM seeks Jamaica's help in electoral process

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August 31, 2019 - The Guyana Electoral Commission, GECOM has sought assistance from Jamaica’ s Office of Elections in relation to the verification process, the cross matching of fingerprints as well as the practice of data merging, as GECOM contemplates how to deal with the names of 300 thousand persons collected during the month-long house-to-house registration exercise in an effort to clean up the list.
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