AFC bows out of Local Government Elections

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AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan and party Chairperson Cathy Hughes

See below statement from the Alliance For Change (AFC) on not contesting the March 2023 Local Government Elections (LGE):

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Alliance For Change (AFC), after much
debate, has arrived at a consensus that the party will not contest the upcoming local
government elections (LGE) without changes to the list of electors.

The AFC has concluded that no election should be held on the existing list of electors
because it is bloated, illegitimate and a source of electoral fraud, as demonstrated
during the publicized national recount. On the face of it, the current list contains the
names of the deceased, migrated and duplicates.

It is manifest that our electoral system is far from perfect, but we must not wilfully
perpetuate a deception on the people of Guyana. During the national election in 2020,
there were multiple instances where dead people, the migrated, and a host of other
shenanigans interfered with the electoral process. We should not go there again!

The NEC believes that participating in these elections with a list proven deficient and
containing widespread discrepancies would perpetrate a fraud on the Guyanese people
and undermine our democratic system.

The AFC has already called on the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) to produce
a credible voters’ list by conducting a certifiable house-to-house verification and
registration process. Accordingly, we would go as far as supporting the postponement
of the LGE as was done in 1992 to present a “clean” voters’ list to the electorate.

We have also indicated our acceptance of using biometrics and the necessary
electronic equipment to enhance our voting experience and reduce the propensity for
impersonation. However, as warned, we will not participate in the upcoming Local
Government Elections if these changes are not made to bring legitimacy to our electoral
system.

The people of Guyana have a right to feel confident in its electoral system, like the
voting public in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, without unnecessary workarounds.