March 2 is DEFINITE date for elections – President

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President David Granger on Thursday confirmed that March 2, 2020, is the definitive date on which he intends to proclaim general elections.

The President spoke to reporters at the sidelines of an event at the Cyril Potter College of Education and confirmed the date following speculation from many that the language he used was not clear.

The President, in an address to the nation Wednesday night, said that the “earliest possible date” for elections is March 02.

The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and others took issue with the language, saying that Guyanese were “no clearer than they were before.”

“His address has not given a definitive date for General and Regional Elections,” the PPP stated.

In response, the President told reporters: “We will abide by what I said last night – elections will be held on 2nd of March. That is as definitive as I can get.

“What I said last night was quite accurate – that both the Commission and the Cabinet have considered the information that is available and elections will be held on the 2 March 2020.”

The President needs to make an official proclamation appointing March 2 as the date for elections.
He has not yet dissolved Parliament, which is the legal requirement for the holding of general elections.

Parliament has to be dissolved three months before general elections, meaning the President has up to December 2 to do so.

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