PAM candidates heading for showdown at polls in August

The upcoming single seat election has its roots in the PAM 51st Annual Caucus and Convention held in April this year. Emerging out of the Caucus was a controversy surrounding the voting for one-of-two deputy leaders position, in which Central Basseterre Jonel Powell was elected to a deputy leader position.

Earlier this year, a competitive race between veteran politician Eugene Hamilton, who is a minister within the Team Unity Government, and Vernon Connor – a political newbie – turned into controversy over the handling of the voting process, with several party members describing the process as “flawed”. As a result of this, the party executive decided to have new elections for the post.

A planned special Caucus and Convention on August 9 has been arranged. Speaking to on the commitment of the two contenders, Party Leader Shawn Richards said, “Both persons are vying for the position, and I expect them to do the necessary work, just as any politician would do to emerge victorious at the end of the day.”

Commenting on the election context of veteran versus new comer, Richards stated, “It is a democratic process, and the delegates are free to choose whomever they feel is best to take the party forward, whether it is Mr. Hamilton or Mr. Connor, that is up to the delegates.”

Meanwhile, Party Chairman Valentine Lindsey said the necessary matters are being put in place to facilitate the election process to fill the remaining post for deputy leader.

He said, “We have put together a Committee, a few days ago, that will come up with the guidelines for what would happen during the election, but I do not want to jump ahead of the Committee before it does its work, but I believe in the next four or five days, we should have it (guidelines) finalized.”

Up to the time of publishing this article, was unable to reach the two candidates vying for the position.

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