Six vie for four PNP vice-president posts; Noel Arscott out

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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SIX members of the People's National Party (PNP) have been nominated to contest the four vice-presidencial posts at the party's 80th annual national conference scheduled for September this year.

They are incumbents Dr Angela Brown Burke, Dr Wykeham McNeill and Dr Fenton Ferguson, and new contestants for the posts Kingston Eastern and Port Royal Member of Parliament (MP) Phillip Paulwell; Manchester North Western MP Mikael Phillips, and Senator Damion Crawford.

The names of aspirants have been in the ring from as far back as six months ahead of the annual conference, but some are noticeably not on the official nomination list, including St Ann South Eastern MP Lisa Hanna, incumbent Noel Arscott, and St Catherine Eastern MP Denise Daley. Hanna had vied for a vice-presidencial post at the 2016 conference but did not receive the delegates' nod.

Party leader Dr Peter Phillips, the party advised yesterday, is the only nominee for president, despite muted speculation that he could face a challenge.

On Sunday July 11 Paulwell launched his campaign at a constituency conference, telling Comrades that after serving his constituency for 21 years, he would be offering himself as one of the four vice-presidents of the PNP with a mission.

“My simple mission as vice-president is to help the party to connect and to reconnect with the members, our supporters and all Jamaicans…I am offering myself because I connect,” he stated.

Paulwell, after handing in his nomination papers on Thursday, told the Jamaica Observer that he was very optimistic about his chances of becoming one of the four vice-presidents.

In support of Phillip Paulwell, a few of his colleagues expressed their confidence that he is the man for the job. Among those colleagues were Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns, former MP Andre Hylton, MPs Natalie Neita and Ronnie Thwaites.

“He is dedicated and committed. I support and believe in him,” Sophia Frazer- Binns said.

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