See full statement from the Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, Roysdale Forde, S.C., and Member of Parliament (MP), on behalf of the main Parliamentary Opposition, the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC):
The office of the Secretary General of the Commonwealth requested to meet with the Leader of the Opposition on the 11th day of January 2022. The Leader of the Opposition was represented at the meeting, which was held at the PNCR’s headquarters, Congress Place Sophia, by Mr. Roysdale A. Forde, S.C., M.P., Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.
At the aforesaid meeting, important issues of national concern were raised and addressed, which included but were not limited to the necessity for a new List of Electors, ethnic and political discrimination, the role and expansion of civil society, the re-emergence of dictatorial and authoritarian conduct of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, and the wanton disregard for the Rule of Law as evidenced by the numerous and flagrant breaches of the Constitution of Guyana.
Mr. Roysdale A. Forde, S.C., M.P., pointed to the continuous divergence of the Ali led regime from the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles, which embody the Commonwealth’s commitment to the Rule of Law and good governance.
Additionally, the malfunctioning of the Parliament of Guyana was discussed, particularly the repressive conduct of the Speaker in seeking to muzzle debate, his refusal to permit debates on Motions of urgent and national importance, and the rejection of hundreds of Questions.
The meeting concluded with a renewed dedication to work closely to address the issues discussed as there was a recognition that the issues discussed concerned the stability of the country and the welfare of the people of Guyana.