The Main Issue After PNP’s Leadership Vote

 

(Analysis 1)

By about 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, the country will know who is the leader of the People’s National Party (PNP), going into its annual public session the following day.

Peter Bunting is challenging incumbent Dr. Peter Phillips for the leadership of the 81-year-old PNP.

Bunting’s campaign is called Rise United and Phillips’ is One PNP.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) that is conducting the PNP Presidential elections expects that by 6 p.m. Saturday, it will complete the count of the votes from the nearly 2,900 approved delegates.

The delegates list was issued to the two campaigns last week.

There are many issues and personal futures caught up in the elections.

One of the things widely accepted, regardless of the outcome, is that there will be a need for the leader to bring the party together after Saturday’s vote.

The campaigns, as executed on the various political platforms as well as in social media, have left many wondering whether the PNP will be able to come together, at least within months, behind whoever is the new leader.

There have been many accusations, harsh words, and allegations thrown by both sides against the opponent, about issues — from political beliefs, historical actions, to popularity and commitment to the party.

Political observers have argued that the two sides have provided a great deal of ammunition to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for whoever will be the eventual
winner.

Franklin McKnight

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