While there are talks that the coalition government is strong, there seems to be cracks to the inside politics of the arrangement.
The Alliance For Change (AFC) yesterday held its second National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting for 2018 at the Georgetown Club. The meeting was attended by members of the National Executive Committee, representatives from administrative regions and diaspora representatives, including from Grenada who represented the AFC Caribbean Chapter.
However, just before the NEC was schedule to meet, a response was received from leader of the APNU, David Granger. The response was to a letter by AFC dated 26th February, 2018 which outlined a number of matters, including the issue of the approach to Local Government Elections (LGE) and the response from the President’s proposed a certain course of action.
According to the AFC, in February, 2018, the party had mandated its leader, Raphael Trotman to write Granger, “stating the party’s position on these issues of concern” with a deadline of April 30, 2018- the same day that Granger responded to the letter.
The AFC had felt that it had been unnecessarily disadvantaged in the 2016 Local Government Elections as far as the allocation of candidates was concerned, although the February 2015 AFC-APNU political agreement had only catered for general elections.
The NEC deliberated on this matter and mandated the Leader to respond to His Excellency in a prescribed manner. This will be done in the coming days and following the dispatch of that communication. A full statement on all the major decisions taken by the NEC shall be made, the party noted.
Guyana Daily News was made to understand that the AFC has given the APNU an ultimatum to respond to the AFC’s concerns on the upcoming LGE, or the party will contest the elections alone.