The Alliance for Change (AFC) is now reeling from an embarrassingly poor performance and the loss of dozens of seats in the recent Local Government Elections, while the A Partnership for a National Unity (APNU) and the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) made gains and break new grounds in various constituencies across the country.
With control of 21 of the 30 seats of the Mayor and City Council, the APNU retained its dominance over the city, while the PPPC gained two extra seats to allow it to hold on to 6 seats, leaving the Alliance for Change at a distant third with just two seats.
In either case, the APNU would no longer need the AFC’s support to carry out its mandate in the city or to make key governance decisions.
The old formula under the previous APNU/ AFC arrangement, which would have given the AFC more seats on the city council and the Deputy Mayor portfolio, is also now a non-existent option, leaving that portfolio in open order.
Across the country, the electoral pattern remains the same, with either the APNU or the PPPC dominating their respective constituencies, while leaving the AFC with little or no seats and less influence over the affairs of almost every NDC and town.
In the same way, despite all of the hullabaloo over small groupings and independent candidates, most of them did not have any major impact on the usual political makeup of the various NDC’s which has shown that the two major political parties – the APNU and the PPP, are still running the show.
But if the overall results are to be examined much closer, it shows that the governing coalition, the APNU still has widespread support, even though it is claimed that they have marginally lost to the PPPC, in terms of the number of constituencies.
This may largely be because of a few new inroads made by the PPC in some APNU and AFC strongholds including Buxton, and the PPP’s renewed grip on previously lost areas in Berbice.
For the AFC, these LGE results have shown that unless the party can piggyback firmly on the APNU, or actually be considered as a partner in the 2020 elections, they stand to dwindle down to as low as one or two seats in the National Assembly, if they should go it alone at the next general elections.