Confirming that the top brass of the People’s National Congress will not be among the APNU+AFC’s new parliamentarians, the largest party in the coalition today described the list as a bold step forward.
In a statement, the PNCR said the composition of the list of candidates represents the face of the future and will empower a new generation of leaders. More than 60% of the list are first-timers to the National Assembly and the coalition has also ensured that more than 40% of those going to Parliament are women.
But the group of parliamentarians will be without PNC Leader David Granger, Chairman Volda Lawrence, General Secretary Amna Ally and former Chairman Basil Williams. Longtime party member Aubrey Norton is also not on the list for parliament.
But in its statement, the PNC defended the makeup of the parliamentary list stating that the PNC has always advocated that young people are essential to Guyana’s development and an integral task of leadership is to groom and mould the leaders of the future.
The party believes it has demonstrated, more than any other political entity in Guyana, that it is prepared to take the bold and decisive initiative to prepare for the future.
The PNC statement added that public service, not merely parliamentary service, is the priority.
“The Party has been listening to our members and supporters and is aware of what is happening in the towns and villages all across the country. Providing service to the people is our priority and our new parliamentarians and elected leaders at all levels will be expected to actively serve and represent their various constituencies”, the statement added.
According to the PNC, the new parliamentarians, along with senior leaders and members of the PNCR will fan-out across the country to rebuild and strengthen the Party in advance of the upcoming local government elections.
The PNC Reform is also promising to continue to work with other parties; trade unions; private sector and civil society to realise the common quest to make Guyana one nation.
“Our Party is continually renewing itself to give voice to people from every part of this country and every part of our great diaspora, ensuring the ‘good life’ for Guyanese.”
The APNU+AFC list is mostly made up of fresh faces for the National Assembly while some former Ministers will also be heading back.