Norton claims that there is no racial bias in the PNCR as Indo-Guyanese quit prominent positions in the party

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Geeta Chandan-Edmond(left) Faaiz Mursalin(right)

The perception that the majority of persons resigning from key positions in the Peoples’ National Congress Reform are of a particular ethnic group is absurd according to Leader of the Opposition, Aubrey Norton who has argued that his party continues to support skilled persons from all ethnic backgrounds.

Given that the PNCR is currently facing two resignations—one from the General Secretary, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, and the other from the Treasurer, Faaiz Mursalin—some segments of society believe that the party, which is predominately made up of African Guyanese, has an ethnic bias that is driving people from other ethnic groups to give up key positions.

Norton was recently asked about this perception, and in swiftly disputing the assertion, he highlighted that his party adheres to a policy of promoting Guyanese of all ethnic groups if they have the necessary abilities and dedication.

He reasoned that Indian Guyanese who are PNCR members, such as Natasha Singh-Lewis and Ganesh Mahipaul, can vouch for the fact that they have not been treated differently from other party members.

“Over the years, the PNC has always had Indo-Guyanese in our party. When it comes to involvement in decision making, regardless of your ethnic group, you are involved,” Norton posited. 

Norton made it pellucid that perceptions that may have been formed about his party in relation to an ethnic bias are untrue. He recalled that he actively prompted the late Winston Murray who contested the PNCR leadership in 2010.

Meanwhile, he added that he intends to name a new General Secretary before the end of this year or at the start of the new year. At the party’s congress, it is anticipated that a new treasurer would be chosen. Norton said that Faaiz Mursalin and Geeta Chandan-Edmond will both remain closely connected to the party, and the former General Secretary will continue serving as a Member of Parliament for the Opposition.

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