Harmon’s indirect directive to GECOM

first_imgDear Editor,Was Joseph Harmon, the Director General of the Office of the Presidency giving GECOM a directive when he said that, “The dissolution of the National Assembly (Parliament) will be determined in principle measure by the need for GECOM to get additional resources which it said it wants”? This is also compounded by the fact that he also was adamant that, “I cannot say to you now that there has been a firm decision on the dissolution, the date when that is to take place”. If no dissolution, then what?If elections are to be held on March 2019 then Parliament has to be dissolved 3 months before and that dissolution should have to be on December 2, 2019. This is accordance with Article 61 which states that “An election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within 3 months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by proclamation.The President, as we have seen, has made a proclamation with regards to the date for elections but has yet to dissolve Parliament. This process should have been the other way around – the dissolution and then the date for elections. Is there a catch to this reversal?So far we have seen that the President has, by proclamation on October 1, 2019, appointed March 2, 2020, as the date for General and Regional Elections and in compliance with GECOM has stated that January 10, 2020, is Nominations Day, which, according to the law, should be 32 days before an election, albeit that, this is far in excess of that legal requirement. But so far, no dissolution of Parliament, why?The PNCR’s Executive Member, Aubrey Norton, at the end of September had made it clear that there is no intention to dissolve Parliament any time soon when he said that “Parliament will be dissolved at the right time”. What is the right time? We have seen that the PNC is adept at delaying and postponing constitutional requirements in complete disregard and blatant violation of our Constitution and CCJ’s orders and yet again, this seems to be their game.Harmon and Norton have made it no secret that GECOM will once again be used to delay the elections, maybe until it is constitutionally five years after from the date which the National Assembly first meets Article 70 (3). Even beyond? If this was not the case then the President would have dissolved Parliament on December 2.This type of rigmarole, circumvention and evasion has been the hallmark of the PNC since December 21, 2018. From the Speaker to the law courts to GECOM and to the President, it has been a shameless journey by the coalition to prolong its life. When will this stop, if ever?We have seen that in other countries with millions of voters, elections have been held almost by the snap of a finger but not in Guyana. The 2019 UK elections is scheduled for December 12, 2019, and was arranged at a short notice in late October this year. The results will be announced the day after, on December 13. The voter population of the UK is over 45 million while we have just over half a million in Guyana. This speaks volume. In the UK, the Government upkeeps the laws, not here!Moreover, it is not about funds for GECOM since GECOM’s CEO Lowenfield has already stated that$5.3 billion was provided in Budget 2019 and that an additional $3.5 billion was provided through supplementary appropriations in May 2019. Minister Jordan had also reassured GECOM’s Chair Justice Claudette Singh that the Commission will be provided with whatever funds is required for the elections. Therefore, Harmon’s directive is about another delaying tactic brought to fore. No excuse Mr Lowenfield!In conclusion, the Opposition Leader has made clear and conclusive that there will be no extension of the life of Parliament since the coalition is desperately seeking legal coverage for “all the criminal acts” committed during the period of the passing of the NCM to the naming of the elections date. Nearly one billion dollars in contracts has been approved by Cabinet since then.Will Granger dissolve Parliament or is his dictatorship now official? Will the potpourri of political parties stand up against this Granger dictatorship?Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Men’s Golf Heads to Arizona For Loyola Intercollegiate

first_img Print Friendly Version Freshman Tim Lim has made an immediate impact with an impressive 73.5 average over 15 rounds. He and Kennedy were the team’s top scorers to close out the fall at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate with a score of 211, which were the lowest 54-hole scores of the season. The Bulldogs opened the spring season last week at the Yestingsmeier Match Play, where they finished in sixth. Drake fell to host Ball State in the first round and then bounced back to defeat MVC foe Loyola in the consolation semifinals. The Bulldogs finished the event falling to Ohio, 4.5-1.5 in the fifth-place match. Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team returns to action on Sunday and Monday at the Loyola Intercollegiate in Goodyear, Ariz. Following the Loyola Intercollegiate the Bulldogs will head back to Arizona for the GCU Invitational on March 16-17. Sophomore Kyle MacDonald put together one of the best 54-hole score of the season with a 213 (71-70-72) at the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational and finished in eight-place. MacDonald finished the fall season with a 72.6 average over 12 rounds. Drake entered the spring season coming off a very successful fall campaign with four players scoring an average round of 74 or less.Senior Drew Ison led the team with a 72.9 round average over 15 rounds, which included a runner-up finish at the Zach Johnson Invitational. Live Results Junior Jack Kennedy played some of his best golf of his career during the fall as he posted a 73.1 average over 15 rounds, which included four top-25 finishes. The 54-hole event will be played at Palm Valley Golf Club and features 18 teams, including; host Loyola (Md.), Air Force, Army, Charleston, Connecticut, DePaul, Drake, Eastern Michigan, Gonzaga, Hartford, Murray State, Missouri State, Seton Hall, Siena, SIU-Edwardsville, Towson, UT-Martin and Xavier.last_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY SWITCHING ON THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THIS SATURDAY

first_imgDunkineely Christmas Lights with Santa’s grotto and Craft FayreOn Saturday 13th December 2014 – everybody welcome to come and join the fun – Activities begin at 4pm, Santa arrives at 5pm and will be available in his grotto with a team of Storytelling, craft-making and face painting elves.All activities based around the Christmas Tree at the Methodist Church /DCL office. (Event coordinated by DCL (Dunkineely Community Ltd) and the Dunkineely Festival Committee). Anyone wanting to hold a stall at the Craft Fayre should book by phoning the DCL Office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 or Email: [email protected] Tir Boghaine – Are you Caring for someone at home? A support group for carers meets on the third Monday of each Month in Killybegs Hospital Day centre at 7:30 pm. If you are coping alone or isolated by your role as a carer, why not come along to the support group. All carers can share their knowledge and support and have opportunities to partake in training sessions. The next meeting will take place on Monday 15th December at 7:30pm in Killybegs Hospital. For more information contact Eileen – Tir Boghaine on 074 9733111 / 074 9733113 or Email: [email protected] & Bruckless Community Carol Service – Sunday 21st December at 5pm in St.Joseph’s & St.Conal’s Church Bruckless. All are welcome to join this celebration of the whole community from the throughout the Parish. For further information contact the DCL office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922.DCL Courses in January – DCL Interior Design will run again for those on the waiting list (3 spaces still available) – 6 week course with Sile Kelly, cost €30 (part funded by the ETB Community Education Programme). DCL Calligraphy with Janet Deane will also run for 6 weeks, cost €30 (6 spaces still available). Please contact the DCL office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 if you are interested in either of these courses or would like to share with us any other course ideas we might run in the future.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY SWITCHING ON THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THIS SATURDAY was last modified: December 12th, 2014 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:DD LOCAL: Dunkineely Community NewsFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more