Gail Teixiera, who once served as Minister of Health, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, and Minister of Home Affairs, wants to be the Presidential Candidate for the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at this year’s general elections.
Her candidacy brings to five, the number of PPP members seeking to head the party slate for the upcoming elections.
This was revealed by the PPP in a press statement yesterday. The party said that it has been advancing its discussion on the issue of choosing a Presidential Candidate for the 2011 General and Regional Elections.
At the last meeting of the Executive Committee five persons were identified as having expressed interest or were nominated. These are Moses Nagamootoo, Ralph Ramkarran, Clement Rohee, Gail Teixeira and Donald Ramotar. “These discussions are expected to be intensified with a view of coming to a conclusion where the candidate would be selected as soon as possible,” the party said.
The issue of selecting a presidential candidate has been a thorny one for the PPP. The most vociferous of the candidates has been Speaker of the House Ramkarran, who has been pressing for there to be a secret ballot to select the candidate when the matter reaches the 35-member Central Committee.
The PPP General Secretary, Ramotar, has said the process for selecting the candidate has not been finalised. President Bharrat Jagdeo is not in favour of a secret ballot, saying that this could be “dangerous as candidate hopefuls could promise persons things in order to get their votes.”
Ramkarran and other members of the Central Committee have taken offence at Jagdeo’s statement.
Using Facebook, Ramkarran asked whether he was being accused of potential dishonesty and if those on the Central Committee were being accused of being potential bribe takers.
Teixeira is the only woman from the PPP that has stepped into the race. She currently serves as Presidential Advisor on governance.
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