PRESS RELEASE AFC STATEMENT MISCHIEVOUS; DECEPTIVE AND FOR CHEAP POLITICAL MILEAGE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Monday, February 26, 2007

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) rejects the allegation that it is involved in deliberate efforts to stifle the Alliance For Change’s (AFC’s) participation in the affairs of Parliament.

The identification of nominees to participate in an observation of the Nebraska Legislature next month is in fact in keeping with the formula agreed for participation of Parliamentary Parties in the Parliamentary Committees.

The PNCR, at the commencement of the Ninth Parliament, had advanced the position that the number of Committee places available should be taken as a whole and thereafter distributed proportionately to the various parties. The PNCR also thought that the GAP/ROAR’s lone Parliamentarian should not be excluded from participation in the work of Committees. The AFC, however, insisted that the allocation of members to the various Parliamentary Committees should be done on a Committee by Committee basis. While under that formula the AFC would have been only entitled to 53% of a seat on each Sectoral Committee they nevertheless benefited with a seat on every Committee.

While the PNCR was concerned about that formula they had no objections to the widest possible participation on the Parliamentary Committees by all the parties. By the AFC’s own formula, however, it is clear that they would not be entitled to any participation on the delegation to Nebraska.

Nevertheless, if they felt they should have been included in the delegation on some other basis, the proper course of action would have been for them to approach the main opposition party to seek an accommodation. In fact, in recent discussions about opposition collaboration between the Leader of the AFC, Mr. Raphael Trotman, MP and the Opposition Chief Whip (ag), Mrs. Deborah Backer, MP no mention was made by Mr. Trotman of any discontent or concern by the AFC on any matter.

It is significant that Ms Sheila Holder, MP had proposed, and the Parliamentary Management Committee (PMC) had agreed, to discuss criteria for the composition of Parliamentary delegations. Before the PMC had the opportunity to discuss this matter, however, the AFC has, in bad faith, unilaterally placed it in the public domain. This action also, is in breach of the agreement that matters under discussion by the PMC would not be open to the public.

The record of the PNCR has shown that it has always been willing to collaborate with others. In fact, during the 8Th Parliament, the PNCR had regular consultation and collaboration with all opposition parties, to the extent that there was a letter head captioned, “Parliamentary Opposition of Guyana”.

The PNCR therefore sees the statement by the AFC as mischievous, a clear attempt to deceive and to gain cheap political mileage.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Monday, February 26, 2007