PNC/R Congress reportedly set for Dec. 11; nominations for Nov. 11
The long-overdue 22nd biennial congress of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) has been set for December 11 with nominations of candidates set for November 11, 2021.
This is according to reliable information provided to the News Room following a meeting of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the party on Wednesday.
This decision comes weeks after the Chairperson of the PNC/R and acting Party Leader Volda Lawrence said that the congress will be held by the end of November 2021 but no later than December 13, 2021.
The News Room previously reported that the Congress will be for delegates only and will be decentralised and hybrid. It will be conducted as a one-day event at congress houses in the respective regions.
Asked if she will seek election for any position including the leader of the party, Lawrence previously said she will await nominations. She is currently the party’s substantive Chairman.
“Based on nominations, I will give considerations,” she had said.
Meanwhile, veteran politicians Aubrey Norton and Dr. Richard Van West Charles have confirmed that they will be contesting for the leadership of the party. Other likely contenders include Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon and the Shadow Attorney General Roysdale Forde.
It is still unclear whether former President and incumbent leader of the PNC/R David Granger will contest this position again but he has since taken a sabbatical from the party citing that he needs his rest.
The PNC/R is the largest party in the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition party. APNU joined with the Alliance for Change (AFC) and was elected to government in 2015 before losing the last General and Regional elections in 2020.