The three small parties that are likely to share one seat in parliament regardless of how the final election results turn out, do not plan to hold any talks with the APNU+AFC following the coalition’s statement that it remains committed to dialogue with political stakeholders.
In separate but similar statements, A New and United Guyana, The New Movement and the Liberty and Justice party all indicated their non-interest in any dialogue with the incumbent coalition at this time.
In its statement, A New and United Guyana said it wants the coalition to concede defeat before any discussions could take place. The party accused the APNU+AFC of duplicity in its calls for dialogue.
“If the coalition is indeed prepared to act responsibly, the first act would be to concede they have lost the 2020 regional and general elections. The resolution to the ongoing political situation rests with them in totality, concede and allow a new government to be sworn in”, ANUG said.
The party which is headed by former Speaker and Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran accused the APNU+AFC of creating the current political situation in the country as there has still been no declaration of the election results four months after voting.
In its statement, the Liberty and Justice Party headed by former Toshao Lenox Shuman said the time has passed for dialogue.
“The time for dialogue was 22 December 2020 at which point it should.have revolved around an elections date. They have shown comtempt for Guyana in all their actions leading up to date and the international community as of late”, Shuman said.
Like ANUG, the Liberty and Justice Party said it believes the coalition needs to concede that it lost the elections and that could be viewed as a first step to ensuring a democratically elected government is in place.
“After the new democratically government is sworn into office, the Liberty and Justice will actively pursue dialogue with all legitimate and interested stakeholders in finding a progressive path forward for Guyana”, the LJP statement said.
On the heels of those two statements, The New Movement party headed by Medical Doctor Asha Kissoon said it too would only be open to dialogue when a new government is in place.
“We are of the firm belief that your leadership is not genuine and therefore conclude that any form of dialogue with your organization will be like that of stillbirth at this point in time”, TNM said.
In a statement earlier this week, the incumbent APNU+AFC coalition said in the national interest, and with a view to maintaining stability and peace, it remains open to dialogue.
According to the APNU+AFC, it is prepared to act responsibly to bring a resolution to the ongoing political situation.
The coalition said the recount process revealed massive irregularities and extensive fraud which cannot be foisted on the Guyanese people “to contrive an outcome that betrays the will of the electorate.
It noted that it is resolved to ensure that fraudulent votes cannot be factored in to represent the will of the electorate.