A well placed source has informed TNN the PLP’s Delegates Conference will take place from October 19th to October 22nd. The all important election of party officers is slated to take place on October 20th.
As we’ve previously reported, the leader and deputy leader positions are expected to be contested.
According to our source anyone seeking to run for party leader or deputy leader, must meet the following criteria.
They must be a lifetime member and in the case of Parliamentarians, not be in arrears to the party.
Prospective candidates for these two positions are also expected to have an active branch and canvassed at least two thirds of their constituency.
In order to run, they must be nominated via reference by two “upstanding members” of the party, noting their party involvement and support for candidacy.
They are also required to participate in all pre-election fundraisers and must support fundraising efforts toward campaign expenses.
As part of the process, candidates seeking to become party leader will have to participate in two debates. One will centre around island wide concerns, the other will be based on internal party concerns.
The candidates for deputy leader will face off in a single debate which will cover the same issues of country and party.
It was expected the format for the debate would have been approved by the Central Committee back in June this year. It’s not clear whether that has happened.
It is understood these debates are meant to ensure that all delegates, alternates, branches and members are aware of the issues facing the party and the country in order that they might make an informed decision about who to support for party office.
It’s been suggested the new rules are specifically targeted toward Curtis Dickinson, the former Finance Minister and the person seen as perhaps the biggest threat to replace David Burt as Party Leader.
The first party leader’s debate is set for October 8th with the second such event scheduled to occur on October 15th.
The sole debate for deputy leader is carded for October 12th.
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