ILP screening to begin next month, says Warner
SCREENING for persons to represent the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) in the upcoming local government elections will begin next month.
The party’s screening committee will be in prospective regions from September 3 to September 17.
Yesterday, ILP held a local government seminar at Centre Pointe Mall, Chaguanas. Its interim leader Jack Warner was the main speaker.
“Our selection process will be fair. No one will be selected because they know Jack Warner. To date no one has been selected. We have cleaned the slate because we want the people to make their recommendations and for the party to decide. Under normal conditions, party groups would have recommended,” said Warner.
“The Constituency Council would have been responsible for the first level of screening and recommendations for national screening would have been conducted by the ILP’s screening committee. This time, given the newness of the party and the shortness of time to establish party groups across the country, we are waiving this proviso to allow a number of five residents to recommend a candidate. In areas where party groups have already been established, all members can support a prospective candidate.”
Warner told interested persons: “Let me sound a warning that if your ambitions to become an ILP leader is all about deepening your pockets, this party is not the place for you. If your desire to be a leader within the ILP is for selfish gain, then the ILP is not the place to be. If your drive to be a leader at any level within the ILP is to get back at those who voted otherwise or oppressed you when their party was in power, then you do not understand the reason why the ILP was formed and the basis for our existence.”
Warner said candidates need to familiarise themselves with the Municipal Act of 1990 because as councillor “you must know what is lawful and what is unlawful in your electoral community”.
“You must know your boundaries, what the voting patters have been and you must possess a plan to change that pattern so that in every single regional corporation an ILP leadership is installed. You cannot come for screening without having a plan that convinces us that upon execution, the ILP can win your district.”
And councillors must have a vision and a plan of what their electoral community should be, he said.