On this significant milestone of the 46th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence, the People’s National Congress Reform salutes all Guyanese, both here at home as well as those in the Diaspora on our achievement of yet another year as a politically independent people and country.

The political developments of the past year open new avenues for the forging of a new democratic culture so necessary for the achievement of real independence and social progress in our country.

It is evident, from the way the Guyanese people voted at the 28th November 2012 General and Regional Elections, that they wish to experience governance that is less confrontational and more cooperative. For this desirable situation to become a reality those in the Executive Government must seize the initiative and invite other stakeholders to dialogue on all matters of concern to the citizens of Guyana. There must be a predisposition to compromise in the interest of arriving at policies and programmes which have the broadest agreement among stakeholders.

While, by their votes last November, the people of Guyana appear to be ready to usher in this vitally necessary new democratic culture, the Executive Government has so far shown little enthusiasm to move in this direction and continues to behave as though nothing has changed.

Our Party is confident that if as a nation we can build a truly, inclusive political culture in which all stakeholders are allowed to play a meaningful role and which can create an enabling environment for the orderly development of the nation, we can look forward to a future that is politically successful, economically self-sustaining and culturally rewarding.

On this 46th Anniversary of Independence, the PNCR pledges to work with all responsible and reliable forces whose aim is to forge a ‘National Consensus’, which can facilitate the resolution of the many known problems which have bedeviled our country and stymied our development. In particular, our Party will be supportive of all plans and programmes which seek to bring an end to the suffocating Westminster form of Governance, which has not only slowed our development but also generate conflict and ethnic division.

It is with these reflections that the PNCR greets all the people of this our dear land and extend best wishes on the occasion of the 46th Anniversary of our political Independence.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday 25th May 2012