This was confirmed by the new Chairman of the party, Mr. De Lara McClure Taylor, who said that this was one of the decisions taken at last Sunday’s, (20th March, 2011), Caucus.
Taylor said, delegates agreed that as part of the institutional strengthening, “It was essential that the Council be established, which would be charged with reinforcing the structures within the party….institutional building, making sure that the articles of the constitution are adhered to…..making sure that the membership understand the constitution and the operations of the party.”
He said that when this is done, every member should have the tools and procedures necessary, to guide their involvement and participation from a more informed position.
This measure said the PAM Chairman will be critical, especially for the recruitment, selection and election of future candidates, who wish to represent any of the 8 constituencies at election time.
Taylor admitted that “Though the process is spelt out in the constitution for the selection of candidates, there have been times in the past when it was not always followed and adhered to according to what was said in the constitution. So it was felt that we need to go back and follow the letter and spirit of what is set out in the constitution, so that we can strengthen the process, so that we can get better candidates, who could gain the full support of the electorate. This approach should also succeed in attracting wider support of the rank and file membership who would be more excited to support their representatives.”
One other critical area that will also receive immediate attention of the new Executive, said Taylor, is the party’s public relations and marketing program. He said that more effort and professional planning is needed to get the party’s messaging system right.
The PAM new Chairman admitted that his party is aware of the challenge, but it has the will to adopt a more proactive and dynamic public relations strategy, to ensure that its message is disseminated about its programs, plans, policies, concerns and positions on various matters of national importance.
Changes will also come to improve PAM’s internal communication channels and mechanisms to keep members abreast with developments and to allow them the opportunity to share their views with the elected leadership.
According to some party officials who attended the Caucus very soon the public will see a revitalized and reenergized People’s Action Movement, with a stronger voice in the country, especially given the current poor state of affairs in the economy and the escalating cost of living and crime and violence.