Member of Parliament; Party Leader, Alliance for Change, Guyana
Keywords: Election Security UN Policies, voter education, media relations, vote counting, Codes of Conduct, voter registration, monitoring, dispute resolution, polling supplies, results declaration
Interviewer(s): Varanya Chaubey
Country of Reform: Guyana
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Date: Fri May 8 2009
Raphael Trotman gives a detailed account of the role of the Alliance for Change party in the 2006 Guyanan elections, which were hailed by the Carter Center as the most peaceful that Guyana ever had. In addition to the mediating force of the AFC in the elections, Trotman credits the United Nations Development Programme, the heavy presence of election observers and the actions of civil society institutions with helping assure peaceful elections. He recognizes the strides the Guyana Elections Commission made in the area of election results, but he tempers that praise with criticism of the organization's partiality in matters concerning funding for the payment of scrutineers (political party-based poll workers), recruitment of poll workers, and ensuing legal battles with the Alliance for Change. Trotman offers a sobering account of results from the 2006 election that were still being contested at the time of the interview.
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At the time of this interview, Raphael Trotman was a member of the Guyanese Parliament and leader of the Alliance for Change political party. A lawyer by training, Trotman describes himself as "in the middle" racially, with roots in both the East Indian and African ethnic groups that stratify much of the political and social thinking in Guyana. His background in conflict studies and resolution led him to help form the AFC as a third-party alternative to the dominant People's Progressive Party and the People's National Congress.