Category Archives: Governance

Radio-TV: PSC demands equitable elections campaign access for Opposition

Radio-TV: PSC demands equitable elections campaign access for Opposition

Jagdeo’s illegal radio licences refuse to die…

March 28, 2015 | By - issue seen as critical to fair elections
President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

The unfair distribution of radio licences by the ruling party in late 2011 to mainly close friends, shortly before General Elections, continues to raise significant concerns among the Opposition.

Now, more than three years later as early elections looms, the issue is continuing to embarrass the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).

This is because political parties have been complaining incessantly of being refused access to the radio stations and even television operations closely linked to Government.
The matter is so serious that the business advocacy body, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), has written President Donald Ramotar, urging him to take action to ensure equitable coverage for political parties, during the lead up to the General Elections on May 11, and afterwards. Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Political coalition agreement illegal, says Guyana attorney general

Political coalition agreement illegal, says Guyana attorney general

Published on March 12, 2015 – Caribbean News Now

 Attorney General, Anil Nandlall

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana’s attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall, has claimed that the newly formed APNU/AFC (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) coalition of political parties has no foundation in law.

Nandlall said that the document is fraught with a number of worrying concerns for the Guyana electorate.

He stated that the so-called “Cummingsburg Accord”, based upon what has been made public, is essentially an agreement between the two political parties, but that it has no foundation in law, as “it is not grounded in the constitution.” This, he said makes for a number of huge potential problems, irrespective of what transpires in the upcoming general and regional elections. Continue reading

Guyana: The PPP should embrace Constitutional Reform – By Ralph Ramkarran


Posted on March 7, 2015 by  in 

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

This month the PPP celebrates the life of Cheddi Jagan. In preparing to face the electorate, the party will be today invoking his legacy at Babu John. The electioneering mode that will dominate the proceedings and atmosphere at Babu John will seek to build enthusiasm and momentum, which are critical in the electoral battleground of the Corentyne, whose voting may decisively influence the outcome of the elections, as it did in 2011. To recover the votes it lost in 2011 in the Corentyne, the public can expect a colourful rally with robust verbal assaults on the APNU+AFC alliance.

The PPP could have been facing the electorate in completely different circumstances. Displaying a woeful lack of foresight, it sat back and allowed its opponents to unite, rather than keeping them competing for influence, as they had been doing after the elections. The exposure of the Government/Granger Linden electricity deal by the AFC in 2012 comes to mind. Now, the APNU+AFC political alliance threatens the PPP’s hold on political power.   Continue reading

Guyanese Online – List of Entries – Jan- Feb 2015

Guyanese Online – List of Entries – January- February 2015

Attached is a list of entries made for the months of January and February 2015.

Although followers receive all blog entries via e-mail, the list could be useful for locating and reviewing earlier entries, especially for the new followers of this blog website.

 Click to View:  Guyanese Online- Entries from Jan and Feb 2015

Please share these lists  to your mailing list so that others could could view the entries.

Thank you for following Guyanese Online.

Cyril Bryan, Editor.

Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana use- Rastafarians celebrate! + video


Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana use- Rastafarians celebrate!

News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thurs. Feb. 26, 2015: Members of the Rastafarian community across Jamaica can now burn “their herb” without fear of being arrested by the Jamaican police.

A new law passed through the country’s parliament decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana for religious, medicinal and therapeutic purposes, a move that will no doubt ease decades of tension between the government and especially the Rastafari community.

Many took to Twitter to celebrate, calling it a “special day for all Rastafarians in Jamaica.Continue reading

Only people power can save us! – By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Only people power can save us!

February 16, 2015 • Stabroek News

David Comissiong

David Comissiong

By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Virtually the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is in crisis, and at the heart of the crisis are dysfunctional and corrupt Governments. It has now become plain for all to see that the so-called “Westminster two party political system” that was conferred upon our Caribbean nations as they moved into Independence has turned out to be fundamentally flawed.

The fundamental flaw consists of the fact that the system permits the powerful institution of Government to be held hostage and used as an instrument of personal financial profiteering by venal politicians, without adequate provision being made for interventions by the citizenry to hold politicians accountable or to punish them with dismissal when their behaviour so merits. Indeed, the only intervention that the Westminster system permits is a once every five-year intervention at General Election time, and this is clearly not good enough.  Continue reading

Trinidad PM fires attorney general and national security minister

Trinidad PM fires attorney general and national security minister
Published on February 3, 2015 – Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent  By Marcia Braveboy
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the nation in a national address on Monday night that she has asked for and received the resignations of national security minister Gary Griffith and attorney general Anand Ramlogan.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Additionally, the prime minister relieved five other ministers of their portfolios including her own portfolio as minister of the people and social development.

She also asked President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment of senate president Timothy Hamel-Smith.

The firing of Ramlogan and Griffith is the latest escalation of a recent controversy where the newly appointed director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) David West revealed that the attorney general had asked him to withdraw his witness statement in a defamation lawsuit in exchange for his selection for the job.

West then reported Ramlogan to the police for witness tampering. Continue reading

Ethnic Problematic re Proposed Opposition Pre Election Coalition in Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

The Ethnic Problematic of the proposed Opposition Pre Election Coalition in Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

In a recent commentary on my YouTube Channel, Hinds’Sight: Guyana-Caribbean Politics, I began what I hope would be an enlightened discourse about the problematic of the proposed APNU/AFC pre-election coalition from an ethnic standpoint. As expected, some supporters of the AFC’s primary formulae of Brother Moses Nagamootoo being the Presidential Candidate and the AFC leading such a coalition, immediately accused me of introducing race into the discourse. What race has to do with this, they ask.

I sympathize with that question. After all, race and ethnicity, among other things, evoke as many denials as acknowledgements. Some people acknowledge race as an important persistent socio-political and economic factor on Monday and deny it’s salience on Tuesday. There is a school of thought in Ethnic Studies that deals with this phenomenon. As human beings we tend, in part, to order the world to suit our objectives. And we Guyanese are no different. Continue reading

Brief on Elections & Constitutional Reform – By Thomas B. Singh

Brief on Elections & Constitutional Reform -  By  Thomas B. Singh

Democracy Redux: Ensuring Good Governance in Guyana’s 11th Parliament

 By  Thomas B. Singh

Dept. of Economics.  University of Guyana – January 18, 2 015

 Status of Guyana’s 10th Parliament

Guyana’s 10th Parliament was prorogued on Nov. 10, 2014. The proroguing of the Parliament was triggered by an impending motion of no-confidence in the Government,[1] which won the last elections in November 2011 with a plurality of the popular vote in an electoral system that is essentially proportional.

As soon as the Parliament would have been reconvened after a recess, the passage of the no-confidence motion was assured because the combined opposition parties enjoyed a majority[2] in Parliament, and had made credible[3] public commitments to vote in favour of the motion.  Proroguing the Parliament was a device used by the President to pre-empt and forestall the no-confidence motion.  It also paved the way for elections on the Government’s terms as against the opposition’s.[4]  Hence proroguing the Parliament was a best response to the no-confidence motion, albeit one that had the appearance of being myopic in the sense of considering only the next stage of the game: Parliament will have to be reconvened before it is dissolved, as dissolved it must be when elections are called; but this may give the combined opposition a chance to proceed with the no-confidence motion.   Continue reading

Corruption Scandal at Brazil’s Oil Giant Petrobras – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

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On January 1, 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff began her second term marred by the corruption scandal at Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras, the state-run oil giant and largest company in the nation. During her address before the National Congress, President Dilma affirmed her commitment to “rigorously investigate all the wrong done and strengthen [Petrobras] even more… and know how to punish [those involved], without weakening Petrobras, or diminishing its importance for the present and the future.”

The Petrobras corruption scandal erupted in March 2014 with the Federal Police money-laundering sting, codename Operation Car Wash, executed across six states and the Federal District (Brasília). They seized R$5 million (US$1.9 million) in cash, 25 luxury cars, jewelry, paintings, and weapons. Among the seventeen people arrested was Alberto Youssef, a black-market money dealer and suspected leader of the scheme.

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