The Alliance For Change has submitted a list of its Members for Parliament.
In a statement to the press moments ago, the party said that these persons were selected through a rigorous process which was undertaken by its National Executive Council which voted on the issue, ranking the top nine candidates who will comprise the AFC’s component to the APNU+AFC’s team of Parliamentarians.
The names submitted as a result the this process are:
From the Geographic List – Region Four, Catherine Hughes and Deonarine Ramsaroop and from Region 10, Devin Sears.
From the National Top Up list – Sherod Duncan, Juretha Fernandes, David Patterson, Haimraj Rajkumar, Khemraj Ramjattan and Raphael Trotman were selected.
AFC Executive member Valerie Lowe expressed a desire to serve in the Party’s rebuilding process and not in Parliament.
“The Alliance For Change recognizes that we could easily have chosen many more worthy of a seat in Parliament but, had to settle on nine. In this vein, the AFC also commits to the rotation of seats where, midterm, some of our deserving members will be considered to replace seated Parliamentarians from our initial list,” the party said.
The AFC noted that Guyana’s economy is poised to grow rapidly as an oil and gas producing nation, and therefore noted that it is important that those with experience in this new industry, take their place in order to influence the legal and policy framework for energy and other vital sectors.
“We are excited that our list also includes new faces with an emphasis on youth and gender representation. We are confident that our new Parliamentarians will advocate policies that are of special relevance to youth, women and our Indigenous population,” the party noted.
The AFC said it looks forward to working with APNU coalition partners towards the fair and equitable distribution of Guyana’s newfound wealth and opportunities to all its citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender.