Reasons and sincere reasons

‘The lawfulness of state actors’ decisions frequently depends on the reasons they give to justify their conduct, and a wide range of statutory and constitutional law renders otherwise lawful actions unlawful if they are not justified by reasons or are justified by the wrong reasons’(Mathilde Cohen. Sincerity and reason-giving: when may legal decision makers lie?  DePaul Law Review, Summer 2010).

Last week, Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George gave a written ruling which, with some elaborations, followed the oral decision she gave a few months ago. The gist of her decision is to be found in the final pages of her ruling, where she stated that it was unnecessary for the list submitted by the Leader of the Opposition for the president to choose the chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission to contain judges or persons qualified to be judges, that the entire list is not unacceptable if the president finds one or more of the persons thereon to be unacceptable, that the president is required to state reasons for deeming each of the six names on the submitted list as unacceptable and that he was not obliged to select a person from the six names on the list as a result of a failure to determine positively that the persons thereon are unacceptable as  fit and proper persons for appointment…..


Unfathomable: PNC, GBGWU and Rusal

On reading last week that a decade after the dispute arose between Rusal, the Russian bauxite company, and the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), union officials still had to be forcing their way into government offices to demand that their long-standing grievances be properly considered, I remembered the cartoon above, which portrays a confrontation between Mr.

Are most of our political elite racists?

‘Is it possible to vote and/or encourage others to vote racially and not be a racist?’ The incident involving Ms.

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Repositioning a not so `noble idea’

Around midnight on Saturday the 5th of August Varnika Kundu, a 29-year-old female Indian DJ based in Chandigarh alleged that she was involved in a motor car chase with the son of a politician and his friend who tried to abduct her.

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Lessons from the Kenyan elections

The decision by the Kenyan Supreme Court to annul the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta brought back memories of the October 1998 decision by the British House of Lords that stripped the late Chilean President August Pinochet of his immunities and allowed for his arrest to answer for the over 3,000 tortures and deaths that his regime allegedly orchestrated during the 17 years of his dictatorial rule.

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A universal basic income for all Guyanese

‘I am now convinced that the simplest solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a new widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.’ Martin Luther King, 1967.

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