With Local Government Elections due in November this year, the Alliance for Change (AFC) has confirmed that it will contest the elections as a coalition with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
The AFC had indicated earlier this year that it was considering whether it should contest the local elections by itself.
However, after discussions at the party level, the AFC has now decided that it will be better to head to the polls as a coalition.
AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan made the confirmation today and said that while the two sides have had their disagreements since coming together to contest the 2015 general elections and winning, those differences have been resolved and it seems the best option to contest the local elections together.
“We made the decision go as a coalition… We have to trash out a number of issues in relations to candidacy and some other things,” Ramjattan said.
Pointing to the situation at City Hall, he said there has been some unfortunate development in the municipality but also indicated the AFC’s willingness to work with the APNU to resolve those issues.
“We intend to indicate to APNU officials what the AFC is concerned about… a letter has gone to the President as leader of APNU.”
Ramjattan said what has transpired in the Council is not indicative of the relationship between the APNU and AFC.
“We have a tremendously cordial relationship with the APNU.”
Back in January, the Alliance for Change said it was contemplating whether it should enter this year’s Local Government Elections outside of the coalition.
The AFC had insisted then, that a review of the shared governance agreement, the Cummingsburg Accord was needed.
That review is yet to take place.
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