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Hoyte Formally Postpones Elections

November 23, 1991

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ President Desmond Hoyte has formally postponed the Dec. 16 general elections, bowing to pressure by elections watch groups and the political opposition.

In a special radio and television address Friday, Hoyte said he is postponing the election in order to keep the former British colony from ″sliding into anarchy and confusion.″

Hoyte took the action after elections commission chief Ruddy Collins said Wednesday he would not be able to correct a faulty preliminary voter registration list on time. The list was allegedly missing a third of eligible voters.

The president did not set a new date but said he is urgently recalling Attorney General Keith Massiah from state business abroad to make a decision.

Most of the opposition parties have backed a postponement ranging from six to 18 months, but presidential aides said this week a midyear 1992 date is preferable.

Hoyte’s People’s National Congress has held uninterrupted power since 1964 amid charges of electoral fraud in this country on the northeast coast of South America.

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