MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) will hold a special delegates’ conference on March 26 to elect a successor to President Portia Simpson Miller.
The date was announced a short while ago by the party at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester.
Nominations for the post will be accepted tomorrow.
Simpson Miller had announced at an NEC meeting late last year that she would not be seeking re-election at the party’s annual conference in September this year.
LBC NEWS ANALYSIS.
The crowning of a new leader for the Seventy Year Old Peoples National Party (PNP), comes at a time when the party is mired in division and has just been humiliated by a resurgent Jamaica Labour Party(JLP), under Andrew Holness, that was described recently by a senior Minister as “everybody loves him.” The PNP was dumped out of power for the first time after just one term, and was then soundly beaten in the following Local Government Elections.
While the Country is witnessing the changing of the guard, the question is left to be asked, will any real change of direction comes from the new leadership? After-all, they have just chose as their leader a man that is older than Computers and Smartphones! The same man that has been part and parcel of Jamaica`s problems, created largely by the poor management of the Country in the 1970`s, 1990`s and 2000`s. Three different eras-one outcome-terrible governance.
The challenge that the party faces is twofold: an unattractive and aging leadership team and a party stuck in the mindset of the 1970`s. How will they manage going into the future, is left to be seen.
Many are hoping however, for the country`s sake, they never get a hold on the government again.