Supporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Thursday held a protest calling for the resignation of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission Dr Steve Surujbally.With placards and chants, the PPP/C supporters protested in front Gecom’s New Amsterdam office on Princess Elizabeth Road, demanding the chairman of Gecom’s resignation.Region Six Chairman David Armagon, who strongly supported the protest, alleged that Dr Surujbally did not conduct a fair and free election on May 11, 2015.He explained that the PPP/C supporters do not want Surujbally to remain at Gecom. The party wants to see him tender his resignation or be replaced before another election is held in Guyana.Armagon said the protest is a continuation of an exercise started in Georgetown earlier this year.“As you know we have a petition in court, the petition is not being heard so it seems as though the Elections Commission and the courts are dragging their feet on this matter. We want Surujbally to exit Gecom.” Armagon said.The Regional Chairman said too that the now Opposition party will continue to protest until Surujbally either resigns or is replaced, as the party has lost confidence in him.He continued: “And we want the Elections Petition to be heard so that this matter can be dealt with and we will be able to show the Guyanese public how the election was rigged.”The petition was filed since June 2015 and it has yet to be heard in court.It was filed on the grounds that there were voting by unregistered persons, multiple voting, unsealed or improperly sealed ballot boxes, PPP/C ballot attendants and counting agents prevented from accompanying ballot boxes and the counting of PPP/C votes in favour of the APNU/AFC coalition. The petition also asks the court to order a recount of all the ballots cast on that day.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – More than 100 cats – many of them diseased – were seized Tuesday as a cadre of animal control, health and safety officers raided a squalid home in east Palmdale. Authorities were searching for Tom Simpson on felony charges of animal cruelty, along with multiple code violations. Most of the cats suffered from upper-respiratory infections and other diseases from living in the filth-filled home, said K. “Beau” Beauregard, who works for county Animal Control. Most of the felines, which were taken to local shelters, will likely have to be euthanized. Authorities who raided Simpson’s home in the 37900 block of Antibes Court described foul conditions, with animal feces and urine throughout the house. “My throat and lungs were burning,” said code enforcement officer Walter Jimison. He said neighbors have complained frequently about the home, where he found 20 to 30 cats during a visit on April 24. Simpson has been cited previously for code violations, Jimison said. email@example.com (661) 267-7802