The ruling Nevis Reformation Party, NRP, is scheduled to have its annual convention this Sunday, 28th October, 2012, at the Nevis Performing Arts Center (NEPAC) under the theme: NRP- Best for Nevis.
It appears that while the debate is continuing about the; legitimacy of the NRP Administration; the right to call a by-election versus an island election and; the constitutionality of having Mr. Joseph Parry remain as Premier, the NRP has been working behind the scenes, carefully mapping out its course of action for the upcoming election that many observers forecast will take place in November. However, all political stakeholders ought to watch the game closely, because it is quite possible for the Premier to allow the time to “almost” run out, for the required by-election for the St. John’s Constituency, and then request that the Island Assembly be dissolved, not for a single poll, but one island-wide. This would therefore give the NRP more time that would allow them to prolong the election until early in the New Year.
In the meantime, NRP will this weekend be taking it first major step, (hosting its convention), before heading back to the polls. According to a release from the Premier Office, this convention will be the first step in a major island-wide campaign to boost the party’s readiness to continue in the reins of government whenever the next island election is called. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Premier put the country on notice that the next time Nevisians vote it would be in a general election and not a by-election.
“A General Election is an election that determines the direction of the country. No one seat can determine that. It is too important”, Premier Parry recently stated.
“The issue of who runs the country, who gives the direction to the country, who carries the ball further, cannot be decided by a by-election,” Parry asserted.
Meanwhile, in the build-up to the grand convention, Friday (Oct. 26) has been declared “Wear Something Green Day”, culminating with a rally in Jessup’s Village which is in St. Thomas, the constituency now represented by Parry.
To lend star power to Sunday’s convention, the NRP has invited the Premier of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerritt, as their Guest Speaker. The announcement was made by Parry during a talk with media representatives on Tuesday afternoon. Premier Parry said he was delighted to have the Dominican leader address his party’s convention.
He told the media that the agenda for the conference would be made available at the start of the event, however, he added that the resolutions to be tabled would reflect past achievements, and the way forward for the party.
The Open Session which will be addressed by Party Chairman Mr. Herman “Bobbie” Liburd commences at 3:00 pm, and will be broadcast live on Choice Community radio 105.3FM.
The Open Session will be followed by the Closed Session, where delegates from the various constituencies, along with the Party Leadership, will hear and deliberate on various reports on the activities of the party.
A new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the party for the ensuing year will also be elected.