BREAKING: AFC to contest LGE without APNU
After initially expressing interest in contesting the Local Government Elections (LGE) with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the Alliance For Change (AFC) Sunday announced that it will go to the November polls solo.
A statement from the AFC noted that this decision was made following “inconclusive negotiations” with APNU.
The AFC, however, maintained that the APNU+AFC coalition remains intact and their decision to contest the LGE without APNU in no way affects the coalition government.
See full AFC statement below:
The Alliance For Change will contest the upcoming Local Government Elections on November 12 but not as part of the APNU+AFC Coalition.
This decision was reached following the inconclusive negotiations with APNU. This applies only for LGE 2018 and does not, in any way, affect the APNU+AFC Coalition Government, nor does it, in any way, change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level. The AFC remains, and reaffirms that it is, committed to the APNU+AFC Coalition.
Further, the party’s Management Committee has resolved into the LGE Campaign Committee and is chaired by David Patterson who has been appointed Campaign Director. Ms. Juretha Fernandes has been appointed Deputy Campaign Director. Appointments to other positions will be done subsequently.
The AFC is in full preparation mode for LGE, including hosting meetings in the various constituencies and identifying potential candidates who will be subject to a rigorous internal vetting process before official appointment. Candidates will be addressing the local issues which are of concern to citizens and working collaboratively to find practical and implementable solutions.
The party is currently determining which municipalities and constituencies it will strategically contest as it does not envision contesting in each Neighbourhood Democratic Council and in every constituency of all municipalities until subsequent election cycles.
The AFC is confident in the support it will continue to receive from the people of Guyana and can assure citizens that it will only nominate candidates of the highest caliber and quality.