In light of the controversy regarding allegations being made of child molestation against an APNU/AFC Candidate contesting a Constituency seat in the Georgetown Municipality, the Group has withdrawn its support for the official in the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).
According to a release issued by APNU a few minutes ago, as a result of the alleged behaviour of Winston Harding and the pattern of accusations over the years, his candidature cannot be supported. INews understands that Harding was charged for child molestation some time ago but has never been convicted.
The APNU reiterated that it is firmly against all forms of abuse especially the abuse of women, children and the elderly.
“The Partnership takes seriously all allegations of abuse that are made against its members and supporters. In our 2015 Manifesto, we clearly state and affirm that the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act must at all times be enforced without compromise or exception…APNU is cognizant of the fact that Mr. Harding has not been convicted of any offence, but the gravity and nature of the accusations cannot be ignored or condoned,” the release added.