AFC interested in contesting LGE with APNU


Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman is expected to engage President David Granger and leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) ) in discussion that could see the parties contesting the 2018 Local Government Elections as a coalition.

This is despite the AFC previously expressing an interest in contesting the election alone.

In a statement following the AFC’s National Executive Committee’s  (NEC) meeting on Saturday evening, the party said Trotman was mandated to write to the President “outlining the Party’s position on the way forward and specific issues that are of concern to the AFC.”

The NEC is the second highest decision-making organ of the AFC.

The AFC had stated that it is interested in reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord which can be done after the coalition’s three-year anniversary- a milestone which was met last week (February 14, 2018).

On February 14, President Granger made it clear that the choice rests with the AFC when it comes to reviewing the accord. He told media operatives that that party can either make a request for review or let the accord run until the next General and Regional Elections in 2020.

However, at Saturday’s meeting, the AFC said the “relatively new arrangement” was discussed and it was acknowledged that there are areas in the relationship that are working well and others that need to examined, clearly defined and strengthened, but the accord “will concretize a new era of good governance and development in Guyana.”

A team the AFC said was identified to discuss these areas with the APNU.

The NEC meeting was attended by representatives from all Ten Administrative Regions of Guyana, members of the Party’s Management Committee, Regional Councilors, members of the Diaspora and Chairpersons of the Youth For Change and Women For Change.

The meeting the party said, reaffirmed its commitment to the coalition as it noted the “sterling work being done by AFC Ministers of Government, Councillors at the Regional and Municipal levels.”

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