FedUP, ANUG coalition collapse on Nominations Day

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Talks between the Federal United Party (FedUP) and A New and United Guyana (ANUG) to form a coalition to contest the upcoming elections collapsed hours before Nominations Day.

On Friday, both parties submitted separate lists to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to contest the General and Regional Elections.

Speaking with the media after making his party’s submission at the Umana Yana, ANUG’s Presidential Candidate Ralph Ramkarran said: “We haven’t been able to present a joint list, unfortunately.”

ANUG’s Presidential Candidate Ralph Ramkarran prior to submitting his party’s Lists of Candidates

He added: “we’re still very friendly with FedUP; we hope to campaign with them and we hope to have informal relations but it was too difficult, time was too short.”

Ramkarran said his party’s list comprises of persons from all ethnicity and all walks of life. He is also confident of capturing the votes of traditional PPP/C and APNU+AFC supporters.

When approached, Leader of the FedUP party, former Magistrate, Chandra Sohan said: “I am not in a position to address that right now but we will do that at the soonest opportunity.”

Leader of the FedUP party, former Magistrate, Chandra Sohan

He added that as of now, the party is not considering a joinder of the list with any other parties.

A possible joining of lists can be done by January 17 before the lists are gazetted on January 19.

ANUG will be contesting in seven regions, noting that the outlying regions proved to be difficult to contest, while FedUP only contested in Regions Five and Six at the regional level.

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