We still don’t have a governance mechanism which addresses ethnic insecurity

Dear Editor,

The Carter Center must be commended for the convening of a Symposium on constitutional reform at the Turkeyen campus.

The importance of constitutional reform cannot be overemphasized. While it is fair to say that we have made significant advances in terms of constitutional reforms over the decades, we are still to come up with a governance mechanism that addresses the issue of ethnic insecurity and political alienation which have over the years taken their toll on the realization of our development potential.

I stand corrected but we have, for the first time in our post-independence history, experienced a situation where a single party, the PPP/C, occupies the benches of the parliamentary opposition as all the others, including the AFC and the WPA, are now subsumed under the APNU+AFC umbrella.

I think the time is long overdue for a much more enlightened and inclusive governance paradigm driven by the best interests of Guyanese as a whole, and not by narrow sectarian interests. This is the task before us as a nation, which must be spearheaded by those responsible for constitutional reform with the full support of all stakeholders.

Yours faithfully,

Hydar Ally

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