Amna Ally is new General Secretary of PNC/R as Oscar Clarke retires


Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), David Granger has appointed  Amna Ally to serve as General Secretary of the Party with effect from the 1st July 2017.

Oscar Clarke, CCH, who served as the Party’s General Secretary through the tenures of three Party Leaders has retired with effect from today, (Friday, June 30, 2017).

Clarke was appointed General Secretary of the PNCR on the 1st December 1968.  He started his service to the PNC in its youth arm and at age 26 was selected to represent the Party in the National Assembly. In 1965, he was made a Parliamentary Secretary and served as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly from the 1st January 1969 to 31st December 1969. In a long and illustrious career that spanned over five decades, Oscar Clarke served his nation as Minister of State, Minster of Regional Development, Minster of Home Affairs and Guyana’s High Commissioner to Zambia and the Front-Line States and Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba.

He served as a Member of Parliament for twenty-one years, and in 2015 he was awarded the Cacique Crown of Honour for his exemplary public service to Guyana.

The Constitution of the People’s National Congress, at Rule 14 (2) (a), states: The Party Leader shall appoint the General Secretary from among the members of the Central Executive Committee as provided for under Rule 17 (1) (c).

The Constitution states, further, at Rule 14 (4): The General Secretary shall be the Chief Executive Officer in charge of the Party Secretariat and shall be responsible for its efficient organisation and its day-to-day functioning.

Member of Parliament, Amna Ally, is a long-standing member of the People’s National Congress Reform, having also started at the Party’s youth arm and served as National Secretary and on the National Executive.

Amna Ally is an elected member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the PNCR, and before being appointed as General Secretary, she served as the Assistant General Secretary of the Party.

A trained teacher, Ms. Ally possesses a Teacher’s Certificate from the Cyril Potter College of Education and a Degree in Management from the University of Guyana.

She also served as a member of the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Parliament, 2001-2015 and is currently serving as Chief Whip and Minister of Social Protection in the Eleventh Parliament.

The Constitution of the PNCR, at Rule 14 (2) (c) states: The Party Leader may also appoint not more than three Principal Political Secretaries to whom he may assign specific duties.

In this regard, the Leader of the Party has appointed Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams, MP, Ms. Sandra Adams, MS, and Mr. Brian Smith to serve as Principal Political Secretaries.

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