PRESS RELEASE

The Alliance For Change (AFC) respects and accepts the recent rulings by the Caribbean Court of

Justice (CCJ) in the matters relating to the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections

Commission (GECOM) and the passage of the December 21st 2018 no-confidence motion against

the Government of Guyana.

The AFC is committed to the rule of law and to adherence to the Constitution of the Republic of

Guyana and is of the view that the resignation of Justice Patterson as Chairman of GECOM

subsequent to the Court’s ruling was correct and proper. The Party now believes that the process of

appointing a new Chairman should be undertaken with the utmost urgency and concluded within two

weeks.

Further, the AFC holds the view that this process is critical to public confidence in the outcome of the

next General and Regional Elections and that there is no shortage of fit and proper Guyanese

persons acceptable across the political divide to fill this position. The party therefore urges that early

consultations be held in good faith between the President and the Leader of the Opposition so that a

new Chairman can be appointed without delay.

Regarding the no-confidence motion, the Alliance For Change believes that, following the final

determination of the courts, elections should now be held in keeping with the Article 106 (7) of the

Constitution and that GECOM, under a new Chairman, should advise on the earliest date for such an

election. The Alliance For Change will therefore support the holding of elections within the shortest

possible time frame advised by GECOM, and urges the Parliamentary opposition to support any

reasonable extension of the Constitutionally required period for the holding of elections within such a

time frame.

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