Tuesday, January 16, 2018

UNC internal elections on hold

The United National Congress (UNC) National Executive has decided to put the UNC internal elections on hold until after the party receives the report of its Constitution Review Committee.

That report is to due to be submitted at the end of March 2014.

The post of political leader expired in January 24, 2013 and all other posts on January 24, 2014.

In a release issued yesterday, the party stated: “NATEX discussed the forthcoming election and agreed that it would allow an internal constitution review committee to complete its work and submit its report and recommendations to NATEX for consideration and approval before the end of March 2014. The election would be held after that at a date to be fixed.”

The release said NATEX mandated the review committee to undertake its work in the context of the changing political landscape globally and to also consider changes in relation to the draft recommendations of the Constitution Review Commission that was recently published for public comment.

In reviewing the party’s constitution, the release said an important matter for consideration is the recent political challenges that have demonstrated the necessity to facilitate coalition methodologies and engagement of other political parties in order to create a more inclusive society and party that would be respectful and tolerant of other political views, both inside and outside the party thereby building a stronger party and nation.

It said the objective is to have a new constitution ratified and operational before the party celebrates its 25th anniversary on April 24, 2014.

In preparation of the 25th anniversary celebration, a committee has been appointed to plan a week of activities to celebrate this significant occasion, the release said.

The release said NATEX approved several programmes to be implemented by the youth arm of the party, including the introduction of a life academy providing for the development of the skills for young people.

The youth arm would also be hosting a country-wide marathon to recognise and pay tribute to its thousands of supporters who have contributed to the party, the release stated.