PNP Vice Presidential Election Now On!
KINGSTON, (PNP HQ). 2005 February 5
The elections for the four positions of Vice President of the People's National Party are now underway at the Mico Teacher's College at 1A Marescaux Road, Kingston 5. The elections were originally scheduled to be held in September 2004 at the 66th annual conference of the party, but was postponed twice. The conference itself was first postponed as a result of the passage of hurricane Ivan over Jamaica, and was held on Saturday 2005 January 22 at the National Arena in Kingston. The original 3-day conference was scaled down to 1 day. During the session for elections, Party President and current Prime Minister of Jamaica Comrade P. J. Patterson was nominated and returned unopposed as Party President. However, when the nominations for the four positions of Vice President were opened, former Chairman of Region 3 Paul Burke shocked the conference when he was nominated along with the four incumbent Vice Presidents. It was clear that the conference had expected the four incumbents to be returned unopposed. In keeping with the democratic traditions of the Party however, various consultations were hurriedly held and Party Leader P. J. Patterson suggested that the elections be postponed until February 5 to allow the Party to prepare for the elections.
The elections take on new significance in the eyes of the voting delegates and the wider public, particularly because four of the five contenders have offered themselves for the top position of Party President, expected to become vacant in the near future when current Party President P. J. Patterson is expected to step down. The five candidates are Comrade Portia Simpson-Miller, Comrade Dr. Peter Phillips, Comrade Dr. Paul Robertson, Comrade Dr. Karl Blythe and Comrade Paul Burke. Comrades Simpson-Miller, Phillips, Blythe and Burke are among six comrades who have indicated that they intend to run for Party President when the position becomes vacant. The other comrades are current Party Chairman Comrade Robert Pickersgill and current Region Three Chairman Comrade Dr. Omar Davies.
A similar drama took place in the 2003 vice presidential election where Dr. Paul Robertson entered the race and ousted Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke as Vice President. (Click here to see related story.) Comrade Clarke was later named as Vice President Emeritus.
Click on the pictures and the news links below for more information on the respective vice presidential candidates.
I have the qualities of a good leader - Portia
The Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday January 30, 2005
|Comrade Portia Simpson-Miller|
Phillips declares candidacy
By Omar Anderson, The Jamaica Gleaner, Thursday January 13, 2005
|Comrade Peter Phillips|
Profile of Dr. Paul Robertson
Jamaica Information Service
|Comrade Paul Robertson|
Blythe Won't Challenge PJ
Caribbean News, Aug 20, 2003
|Comrade Karl Blythe|
|Comrade Paul Burke|
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in the making
By Mark Wignall, The Jamaica Observer Thursday, February 03, 2005
Patriots backing incumbent PNP VPs
The Jamaica Observer, Wednesday, February 02, 2005
No hidden agenda - Paul Burke denies alliance with Finance Minister
By Omar Anderson, The Jamaica Gleaner, Tuesday, February 1, 2005
The PNP - Two campaigns
By. Dr. D. K. Duncan, The Jamaica Gleaner, Tuesday February 1, 2005
Burke backs Portia - Pulls out of race for PNP presidency
The Jamaica Observer, Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Who benefits from Burke's entry?
The Jamaica Observer, Sunday, January 30, 2005
PNP promises tight security for VP vote, Warns supporters not accredited to stay away
ERICA VIRTUE, The Jamaica Observer, Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Should PJ stay longer than September?
By Lloyd B. Smith, The Jamaica Observer, Tuesday, January 25, 2005
News on the PNP's 66th Annual Conference held at the National Arena on Saturday 2005 January 23
KINGSTON, (PNP HQ). Monday, 2005 January 24
No dirty cash for PNP vote, PNP unveils code of conduct for leadership race
The Jamaica Observer, Monday, July 26, 2004
Code of Conduct for PNP Leadership Campaign,
KINGSTON, (PNP HQ). 2004 July 26
Portia on top - Robertson ousts Clarke
By Howard Walker, Staff Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday September 21, 2003
Portia regains lost ground - Once again seen as best to lead
PNP Sunday, February 24, 2002
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