Incumbent candidates Dr Fenton Ferguson and Dr Angela Brown-Burke have been booted out of the upper echelon of the People’s National Party (PNP) following a nail-biting vice presidential race on Saturday.
The VP race, held at the National Arena in Kingston, saw six PNP heavyweights: Phillip Paulwell, Julian Robinson, Damion Crawford, Brown-Burke, Ferguson and Mikael Phillips contesting four coveted spots to be seated at the head table with party leader Dr Peter Phillips.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, when the dust settled, Crawford emerged an overwhelming favourite among the PNP delegates as he secured 1,973 votes.
In close second and third were Mikael Phillips and Dr McNeill with 1,782 votes and 1,766 votes respectively – while Phillip Paulwell claimed the fourth and final VP spot with 1,645 votes.
In retrospect, Brown-Burke performed admirably against her male counterparts, despite placing fifth in the overall race with 1,577 votes. The worst performance was by Ferguson, who has seemingly fallen out of grace with delegates, amassing only 1,307 votes for sixth place.
Brown-Burke’s failure at re-election and her subsequent replacement at the helm of the PNP hierarchy means this is the first time in 40 years the party has no woman in the VP post.