The Alliance for Change (AFC) is yet to confirm its participation in the upcoming Local Government and Regional Elections (LGEs) set for March 13, 2023.
That decision, according to the AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, is left to the party’s National Executive Council (NEC). The council, the former Public Securities Minister said, will also decide whether the party will team up with its Coalition partner, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
Currently, the coalition shares opposition benches in the legislature after it suffered defeat at the highly contentious March 2, 2020, General and Regional poll.
Recently, the AFC has been vocal about its impending departure from the coalition with a deadline fixed for the end of this year when its accord expires.
Talks of renewing the agreement have been muffled, with no clear indication of a definitive split. Meanwhile, both partners continue to profess their commitment and belief in coalition politics.
According to Ramjattan, the AFC, while yet to determine its participation at the LGEs, does in fact share the sentiments expressed by the leader of the APNU, Aubrey Norton, that the sanitisation of the voters’ list is paramount.
Ramjattan spoke of a “bloated” list that does not accurately capture the voting population.
He also lamented the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)’s alleged footdragging on a number of issues that came to the fore during the March 2020 General and Regional Elections. These issues include alleged ghost voting and allegations of rigging.
Ramjattan also noted that the recommendations made by the observer missions are yet to be implemented. Among the recommendations was a house-to-house re-verification exercise to remove the dead and those citizens who had migrated and present a clean list of electors for future elections.
“At present, the AFC believes that without these fundamental changes to the electoral system, democracy is under threat as this PPP/C regime is determined to cling to power by all means necessary,” the AFC Leader said.
Ramjattan is stupid for he follows Norton and does not think for himself. He is scared he will be deemed racist as all non-blacks are deemed racist.
Ravi Dev was deemed racist (sadly, by Indians,) but Ravi intimated that humans have as much rights as blacks. Is there a sub-human who is not racist?
I always say: you sleep with dogs, and you end up with fleas.