Opposition Leader and Leader of the People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) Aubrey Norton has told media operatives that he never claimed he had the APNU/AFC's Statements of Poll in his possession. His statements came shortly after reports in the local media suggested that Norton will produce his party's SoPs once Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo agree to a public debate. "Could you bring any point in time a piece of clip which I said I have the SOPs [...] I did not, somebody reported that..." Norton said to reporters following intense questions surrounding the SoPs.
Norton was being questioned by the media following a meeting he had with President Irfaan Ali at the Office of the President on Friday. This will be the first engagement between the Head of State and the Opposition Leader since the PPP/C Government assumed office back in August of 2020.
A joint statement from the two leaders revealed said they agreed that the consultation process will be guided by the constitution in relation to appointments to several constitutional commissions that requires consultation by both leaders. These are Integrity Commission the Judicial Service Commission, Police Service Commission, and Teaching Service Commission. Norton requested the Curriculum Vitae (CV's) of the persons under consideration for these commissions which the President agreed to make available within two days.
In person consultations will resume within a week.
SEE JOINT STATMENT BELOW: