AFC Still Refusing To Coalesce With Another Party
In the world of politics now, as the general elections near Political party The Alliance for Change which has already launched its Manifesto may have to revisit the issue of a possible coalition with other political parties for the elections.
The AFC has stated that it will not coalesce with any of the two major parties, the PPP and the PNC but if members of those parties want to work along with the AFC, the party will welcome them.
The party has not been budging from that position. However, party insiders now tell Capitol News that there is the likelihood that the party’s executive may be forced to rethink their position as several members and party groups are now pushing for a possible coalition with opposition parties heading into the next elections.
Capitol News understands that while the party’s Presidential Candidate Khemraj Ramjattan has almost closed the door completely on any such move, the party’s current leader Raphael Troman may be a bit more open to the idea. But Ramjattan may have already garnered the support of his prime ministerial candidate and vice chairman of the AFC Sheila Holder who seems not too supportive of coalition talks especially with the main opposition PNC.
Holder believes the AFC has been picking up support in critical voting communities and will do better at the polls and could even be victorious.
But other party leaders are not as optimistic and have been talking supporters about the likely reality if the party goes into the elections by itself.
Just last weekend the AFC launched its campaign for the elections. And still with the elections, the main opposition party the peoples national congress has been continuing its town hall meetings across the country with the 5 presidential candidate nominees.
Last evening, the party moved into the Bartica community where it enjoys a considerable amount of support but where support has also been dwindling over the years.
The nominees covered several issues. From the onset, Attorney Basil Williams said restoring law and order in Bartica and the rest of Guyana must be a priority.
The issue of mining in Bartica and the problems faced by small miners was also dealt with as questions were raised.
Though Bartica is probably one of the most economically stable communities in the country there is still high unemployment among young people.
And with the many issues being discussed by the candidates, their confidence level appears to be rising with each new meeting. This weekend the PNC takes the town hall styled meeting into the Linden community.
On the 26th of this month at a special party congress, party delegates will choose a presidential candidate form among the five hopefuls.