Officials: Guyana unable to hold required elections in March

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana’s elections commission says it won’t be ready to hold general elections in March, despite a court order to do so in the wake of a no-confidence vote.

The commission said Tuesday it might be ready by July. Election commissioners say they need to compile a new list of voters because the current one likely contains thousands of names of voters who have died or left the South American country.

The delay has angered opposition parties, who passed a no-confidence motion in December to remove President David Granger. He has nearly two years left in his term.

Granger’s administration is fighting a court ruling that upheld the motion passed, which passed with a majority 33 votes instead of the 34 the government contends is needed in the 65-member Parliament.