… Regional Town Hall styled meetings to be held in January
General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Oscar Clarke, yesterday announced that the party will by February 19, next, hold a Special Congress where it will elect its Presidential Candidate for the 2011 General Election.
Clarke said that on December 4, all Party Groups would meet to make and formally document their List of Nominees for the Party Presidential Candidate.
He said that from December 5 to December 12 all Regional Secretaries must receive the Group Nominations and convene a Special Extended Regional Committee meeting. A representative from each of the groups that submitted nominations will attend to formally agree and document the Regional List of Nominees.
He said that where no functioning Regional Committee exists, the Party Group Chairman or Secretary will send the Group Nominations, in the specified format, directly to the General Secretary.
According to Clarke, by December 18, 2010 all Regional Secretaries must submit their Regional List of Nominees, endorsed by all of the Group delegates attending the Special Extended Regional Committee meeting, to the Party’s General Secretary.
By December 22, the Party’s General Secretary will prepare a National List of Nominees.
All Nominees will be asked to formally notify the Party General Secretary, in writing, their acceptance of the nomination.
The Nominees that accept their Nomination will be required to submit Curriculum Vitae along with a brief biographical presentation to the Presidential Candidate Process Committee.
The Committee would then prepare a list of the Nominated Candidates for submission and approval of the Central Executive Committee.
By December 30, the PNCR would publicise the approved List of Nominees for the Party Presidential Candidate.
He said that between January 3 and January 31, 2011, as far as practicable, the Party will convene, at Regional venues, countrywide, Town Hall style meetings, to be addressed by the nominees for the Party Presidential Candidate.
Finally by February 19, 2011 the party will convene a Special Congress, to elect the PNCR Presidential Candidate for the 2011 National Elections.
Clarke told media operatives, yesterday, that the Central Executive Committee of the PNCR met on Wednesday last week, at a specially convened meeting and approved the final recommendations for the system and procedures for the nomination of a Presidential Candidate.
Since that date, the information has been circulated to the wider membership through the Party’s Regions and groups.
He said that the Party wishes to emphasise, however, that the decision to identify a Presidential Candidate in no way detracts or changes the Party’s already stated position, that its first priority is to form a broad alliance or partnership with like-minded organisations and persons to contest the 2011 Elections.
Clark said that the need to identify a Presidential Candidate arose after the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, Robert Corbin, MP, formally announced, at the First Meeting of the Party General Council for 2010 that he would not be the Presidential Candidate for the Party for the 2011 National Elections.
The resolve clause of that motion that was passed at the Second General Council stated that the PNCR Presidential candidate should be identified as early as possible by a transparent system that includes wide consultation with bona fide Party members, groups and supporters.
He said that the motion stipulated that “the person selected to be the Presidential Candidate must have the full confidence of the membership of the PNCR, be of sound and unquestionable integrity, possess the skill, expertise and networking capability as well as command respect and support of Guyanese generally.”
Clarke also spoke of a consultation that was held and attended by possible nominees, among them Basil Williams, Dr Richard van-West Charles, Aubrey Norton and Acting Chairman of the GYSM Christopher Jones.
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