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Rowley begins campaign to retain PNM leadership

By Ria Taitt Political Editor

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley begins his campaign to retain leadership of the People’s National Movement (PNM) from today at Port of Spain City Hall, sources said yesterday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Rowley is to meet the Port of Spain South constituency. He will address party members and constituents who will have the opportunity to raise issues with the leader.
Rowley will be holding the second Meet-the-Constituency conference tomorrow in Toco/Sangre Grande at the Civic Centre, Sangre Grande.
He is to meet with the D’Abadie/O’Meara constituency on Wednesday at the Malabar Community Centre.
In 1996 when Rowley challenged former leader Patrick Manning in a leadership contest, Manning used the Meet-the-Constituency tours as the platform on which to mobilise support within the party. Manning beat Rowley then, winning 60 per cent of the votes of the party’s approximately 800 delegates.
This time the leadership contest will be fought on the basis of one man-one vote.
Rowley is likely to be challenged by former senator Pennelope Beckles, who is yet to officially declare her intention to run for the leadership.
Officials said yesterday that the party’s Rules and Regulations Committee, which is chaired by Bridgid Annisette, is expected to present its preliminary report on the rules which will govern the next internal election to the General Council on January 25.
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