A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has withdrawn its support for Local Government Georgetown Constituent candidate, Winston Harding after media reports surfaced that he was previously charged for child molestation.
The party, which constitutes a large part of the Coalition Administration, in a press release this afternoon (March 16), stated that “A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is firmly against all forms of abuse especially the abuse of women, children and the elderly. The Partnership takes seriously all allegations of abuse that are made against its members and supporters. In our 2015 Manifesto, we clearly state and affirm that the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act must at all times be enforced without compromise or exception.”
It noted that the recent media reports of the accusations are a matter of “grave concern.”
“In light of the alleged behavior of Mr. Winston Harding and the pattern of accusations over the years, his candidature cannot be supported at this time,” APNU reinforced. Further noting that “APNU is cognizant of the fact that Mr. Harding has not been convicted of any offence, but the gravity and nature of the accusations cannot be ignored or condoned.”