The Alliance For Change will today, at its Special National Convention at the Ocean View International Hotel, announce who the party has selected as its Presidential Candidate.
At a retreat earlier this year, the party’s executive had agreed that the candidate be the current Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan.
Michael Carrington had also recently signaled his intention to be considered by the Convention as the party’s Presidential Candidate.
Earlier in the year, the party had announced a decision that the executive would back Ramjattan.
The party executive members had said that to give effect to the decision, the party’s current leader, Raphael Trotman, would endorse Ramjattan as the presidential candidate and Ramjattan would endorse Trotman as the Prime Ministerial Candidate.
Sheila Holder, the party’s Vice Chairperson, had said that the party’s National Executive Committee reaffirmed its commitment to the principle of the rotation of the Presidential and Prime Ministerial Candidates.
“Our Constitution requires the party’s national conference to confirm and ratify the Presidential and Prime Ministerial Candidates of the party and also permits any member of the party, in good standing, to be offered as a nominee for Presidential Candidate by any of the party groups,” she explained.
Raphael Trotman at that time, too, had also said that at its launch, the party had said that should it win the elections, it would rotate the presidency in mid-term.
He said implicit in that commitment was the understanding of the populace that the rotation principle would not apply only to the presidential seat but also to candidacy. “And so, in keeping with what the populace expected, the executive has sought to follow suit,” he said.
A newspaper advertisement, had subsequently surfaced purportedly paid for by “Concerned AFC Members.”
It appeared in this newspaper calling for the rotation of the AFC leadership.
It said that the AFC was never intended “to sideline any particular group inside or outside the party” and that Ramjattan is a “deserving leader with equal intellect, courage and skills” as Trotman.
It said rotation would deliver on the party’s promise of “change” to the people.
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