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Date: 17 Dec 17 10:49am
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is fielding a 15-member observer team for today’s General Elections.The team is being led by Hensley Robinson of Barbados and Lorna Simon of Antigua and Barbuda, who have been selected with the Core Group.According to a CARICOM statement, Robinson and Simon arrived in Guyana on Tuesday.The other 13 members of the group include Grace-Anne Critchlow, Barbados; Gustavo Pech, Wholesale Jerseys Online, Belize ; Henry George, Dominica; Leslie Ann James, Grenada; Lingham Samuel, Grenada; Jean Thélève Pierre-Toussaint, Haiti; Erlene Williams, Jamaica; Gwendoline Eudine Bridgeman-Bushell, Barbados; Dr. Hermia Morton-Anthony, St. Kitts and Nevis; Sylvia Finlay-Scrub, St. Vincent and the Grenadines ; Jennifer Victorine Van Dijk-Silos, Suriname; Dorethy Claudia Florence Telting, Suriname; and Dr. Noel Kalicharan, Trinidad and Tobago.CARICOM was among seven organizations invited to monitor the elections.A four-member team from the CARICOM Secretariat -Janet Crick, Mr. Alan Donawa, Mr. John Campbell and Dr. Raghunath Mahabir- is to lend support to the group.Already, the team leaders have met with President Bharrat Jagdeo; CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque; Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General and other members of the Secretariat; Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally; the Chief Elections Officer, Gocool Boodoo, representatives of political parties and other societal groups.Meanwhile, the Organisation of American States (OAS) also has a team in Guyana for the elections.Professor Gordon Shirley, Chief of Mission in a release said that several meetings were also held with stakeholders.“I have personally met with representatives of political parties, the electoral authorities, civil society, and the media to assess the environment in the period leading up to Election Day, ” said Professor Shirley.“Following these meetings, I am encouraged that all interveners in the electoral process have confidence in the General and Regional Elections of Monday November 28, 2011, that preparations for the vote are well in hand and that there are no significant impediments to delivering a smooth and inclusive General and Regional Election”, he added.In the past few days, Shirley met with senior governmental officials, parties, Amerindian groups, GECOM, Diplomatic Community, the security forces, media and the local observers and union groups.
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Date: 17 Dec 17 10:49am
While calling for peaceful elections, the Commonwealth Observer Group currently in Guyana has asserted that it can only observe the elections but not enforce recommendations that it would have made.Honorable Kate Wilkinson, Head of the Commonwealth Observer Group currently in GuyanaInstead, the group said, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, the onus is on local stakeholders to ensure that the framework set up for General and Regional Elections is adhered to and penalties dispensed if there are infractions.During a brief press conference at Cara Lodge yesterday, Head of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Kate Wilkinson, explained that though the body releases its report on its observances and make recommendations, it is not charged with the implementation of those recommendations.During its last visit in 2011 the Observer Group made a number of recommendations encompassing a number of areas; these recommendations are yet to be evident.Wilkinson emphasised that the body can merely observe and not sanction for infractions. She said too, that the body has “specific terms of references” that keeps it impartial and merely as observers.“We act with impartiality, objectivity and independence. We do not have a supervisory role, ” Wilkinson said. “We plan to take every opportunity to see and understand the election process for ourselves.”For the duration of the general and regional elections, the group will assess whether the elections have been conducted according to standards Guyana has committed itself to. These standards include a constitutional and legislative framework and relevant Commonwealth and international commitments.The Commonwealth Observer Group was invited to Guyana by the Government.Members of the Commonwealth Observer Group currently in Guyana.However, its time here is not its first. Since 1992, the Commonwealth has been observing election exercises in Guyana.This year’s group is made up of seven persons from different regions of the Commonwealth. The group arrived in Guyana on Tuesday and has already met with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), some of the political parties and other international organisations.Further, the group met with a number of relevant stakeholders including youth representatives, other observer groups, and members of the business community. Wilkinson indicated that the group will be working along with other observer groups, both local and international, to ensure that its coverage is “all encompassing”.Meanwhile, as crunch time draws nearer, teams will be deployed across Guyana to observe the election environment and preparations for Election Day, Wilkinson said. She explained that on Election Day, teams will observe a number of procedures including the opening and closing of the polls, the polling itself, the counting of votes and finally the transmission of the results.Furthermore, an interim statement of key findings will be released shortly after the elections before a final report is prepared. The final report will be an assessment to be submitted to the Commonwealth Secretary-General before it is transmitted to GECOM, the Government, local political parties and finally all Commonwealth governments. The report will eventually become publicly available.“We look forward to a high turnout on election-day and the conduct of peaceful elections, ” Wilkinson said. She went on, “We encourage political parties to take a constructive approach to campaigning in these remaining days before the election. We also strongly urge the parties to respond to the officially declared results in a responsible manner.”The group is expected to depart Guyana on May 17.
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Date: 17 Dec 17 10:49am
-farmers warn of further increases  By Rehana Ashley AhamadThe prices of most vegetables have risen considerably in the wake of recent flooding, A vegetable stall at Stabroek Market yesterdayand customers are likely to see further increases if farmlands across the country remain water-logged.A visit yesterday by Kaieteur News to Stabroek Market revealed that round peppers, selling at two pounds for $100 just a few days ago, are now selling at $120 per pound. Cabbage is now $180 per pound as compared to $120 per pound, Authentic NFL Jerseys Cheap, boulanger (eggplant) $4000 per bag as compared to $3000 and $3500 for the same bag before the floods.Tomatoes have risen from $120 per pound to $160 per pound; ochros have gone from $60 per lb to $120 a pound; callaloo, from $100 for three bundles to $500 a bundle; carilla has risen from $60 per pound to $120 a pound; sweet pepper has gone from $260 a pound to $400 pound.The prices of some ground provisions have also risen.Cassava is now $100 per lb, after being sold at $50 per pound just a few days ago; plantains have risen from $100 a pound to $140 a pound. However, the price of eddoes remained at $60 per pound.And some farmers warned of further price hikes if the floods prevent them from replanting soon.“I am not sure wah is going to happen now, because my three acres of cabbage and sweet pepper is under water. I gon have to wait till it draw out fuh start planting again. I don’t know when that gon be, ” said one Mahaicony farmer.Others agree, saying that they are uncertain as to how much of these crops will be available to be purchased in a few days time, as the         ; majority of farmers will have to wait until their water-logged lands are dry enough to begin replanting.This small parcel of bora was being sold for $200 yesterday at La Penitence Market“I doubt we gon get a lot of these crops to buy in a few days time, because we farmers got to wait and treat we land before we can start planting again, ” another farmer related.Farmers on the East Coast of Demerara are urging that the others who have been affected, start treating and replanting their lands as soon as possible. This they say is to ensure that Guyana does not run out on food.Along with vegetable farmers, those rearing poultry have also suffered losses.“We can only hope that the water goes down completely by next week, ” hoped Mansaram Persaud, a West Berbice farmer.
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The situation at the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is still critical. This is according to Minister of Health, Dr.
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