PAM votes for new deputy leader

They have now organized a special Caucus and Convention for Tuesday, 9th August, at their party headquarters on Lockart Street, Basseterre.

Information circulated by the PAM Secretariat indicated that the delegates are to arrive and register from 5pm to 6pm, and then shortly after the Special Caucus and election will be held from 6pm to 7pm. The Convention and Rally is scheduled to be hosted from 7:30pm to 9:30pm with the Opening remarks and ratification of the Executive body by the general secretary while other remarks would be given by top officials.

It was at their annual Caucus on 9th April of this year, when three candidates made themselves available to fill the two deputy positions to political leader Shawn Richards. However, though Jonel Powell was easily returned with approximately 60 votes, it was a battle between long time deputy Eugene Hamilton and newcomer Vernon Connor that ended in stalemate.

Connor was said to have received approximately 35 votes while Hamilton about 31.

Following the results a number of issues were raised about the voting process. Some of the attendees stated that at the start of the voting exercise they were given two ballot papers onto which they were to write their two choices for deputy leader.

However, before the vote took place, that was changed and delegates were instructed to use just one ballot, on which their two choices for deputy, were to be written, using that single ballot paper. It is this that some claimed might have led to the problem.

It was also mentioned that each candidate was allowed 15 delegates to the Caucus but a few of Hamilton’s was said to have not been present, causing him to lose votes.

In an interview in July, Party Chairman Valentine Lindsey told that necessary matters were being put in place to facilitate the revote and new election process.

He said then, “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…”

The People’s Action Movement is the major partner in the current coalition government which also includes the Concern Citizens Movement (CCM) and the People’s Labour Party (PLP).

The alliance which calls itself Team Unity assumes the seat of government in February 2015.


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