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November 17 ,2021

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Volda Lawrence and Basil Williams are among seven nominees for leadership of the PNCR.

The others nominated are Aubrey Norton, Joseph Harmon, Richard Van West-Charles, Carl Greenidge and Sharma Solomon.

A statement from the PNCR today said that the opening ceremony on December 11th will include an address by party leader and former President David Granger who is currently on leave.

The statement also said that “The Congress will be for delegates only, decentralised, and hybrid. It will be conducted over one day at Party Congress Houses and approved venues in the respective regions”.

The nominees will be written to for confirmation that they have accepted the nominations.

The statement from the PNCR follows:

Arrangements are well underway in preparation for the PNCR’s 21st Biennial Delegates Congress, scheduled for Saturday 11th December 2021. The Congress will be for delegates only, decentralised, and hybrid. It will be conducted over one day at Party Congress Houses and approved venues in the respective regions.

Party groups have already submitted their nominations for Party Officers and members of the Central Executive Committee, as well as the names of their delegates. The programme will commence on the morning of Saturday 11th December with an opening ceremony that would include the Congress Address by Party Leader, Brigadier David Granger and devoted to other Congress business including, the election of Party Officers and members of the Central Executive Committee.

The various Congress Sub-Committees have been meeting and advancing their preparations for the Congress. However, since the Accreditation Committee is the one which plays a central role in preparing the List of Delegates for the Congress, the Party considers it necessary to brief the Press on the work it has done so far.

Since its establishment, the Accreditation Committee has been functioning effectively and has met routinely and regularly to verify Delegates based on submissions by Party Groups.

The Elections:

Since it is common for a Candidate to be nominated for, and actually contest, for more than one position, the Elections will be conducted in two (2) stages with the result for each stage being declared before moving on to the next stage:

Stage I: Election of the Leader, Chairman, two Vice Chairpersons and Treasurer

Stage II: Election of the members to the Central Executive Committee

At the close of nominations, on Friday 12th November 2021, for the Party Officers and CEC Members, as well as for the submission of Delegates, groups, both local and overseas to the Accreditation Committee, the total numbers of persons nominated by Groups for each of the various positions are as follows:

1. Party Leader – 7 Group Nominations

2. Party Chairman – 16 Group Nominations

3. Party Vice-Chairman – 30 Group Nominations

4. Party Treasurer – 18 Group Nominations

The Group nominees for Party Officers are as follows:

1. For the position of Party Leader: Basil Williams, Carl Greenidge, Richard Van-West Charles,Volda Lawrence; Aubrey Norton, Joseph Harmon; Sharma Solomon.

2. For the position of Party Chairman: Volda Lawrence, Gary Best, Shurwayne Holder, Amanza Walton-Desir, Roysdale Ford, Annette Ferguson; Aubrey Norton, Sharma Solomon, Ronald Bulkan, Christopher Jones, Richard Van-West Charles, Simona Broomes, Geeta Chandan, Dawn Hastings, Joseph Harmon, and Mervyn Williams.

3. For the position of Party Vice-Chairman: Elizabeth Niles-Williams, Volda Lawrence, Dawn Hastings-Williams, Annette Ferguson, Vinceroy Jordan, Gregory Fraser, Aubrey Norton, Darren Wade, Gary Best, Christopher Jones, Richard Van-West Charles, Vinceroy Jordan, Shurwayne Holder, Roysdale Forde, Ubraj Narine, Sharma Solomon, Robert Corbin, Simona Broomes, Natasha Singh-Lewis, Kirk Fraser, Randolph Critchlow, Amanza Walton-Desir, Corretta McDonald, Ronald Cox, Ronald Bulkan, Mervyn Williams, Ganesh Mahipaul, Bernita Primo, Samuel Sandy, and Jevaughn Stephens.

4. For the position of Party Treasurer: Ivelaw Henry, Clayton Newman, Elson Lowe, Vanessa Kissoon, Derrick Lawrence, Gary Best, Faaiz Mursaline, Ubraj Narine, Ronald Bulkan, Carol Smith-Joseph, Annette Ferguson, Amanza Walton-Desir, Roysdale Ford, Dr. Karen Cummings, Volda Lawrence, Ganesh Mahipaul, Daniel Seeram, and Deron John

5. Nominees: All nominees will be written to and requested to indicate by (date) their acceptance of the nominations. Failure to respond means that, should they otherwise qualify, their names would not automatically appear on the Ballot for the position/s for which they were nominated.

The People’s National Congress has been in existence for 64 years and takes its role in the national development of the nation very seriously. Therefore, this Congress is about how the Party will re-organize and re-position itself to deliver on its programmes and meet the expectations and obligations to its members and supporters. The Party understands that it cannot do so if it is disunited and lacking in cohesion. As a consequence, its foremost duty at this Congress, as it has been at others, is to promote unity and cohesion. Indeed, the multiple candidates nominated to be elected to the various offices and the opening of this process to the Guyanese public demonstrates the confidence the PNCR has in its internal democratic systems. For us, it is an expression of the will of our members and supporters.

The Party, therefore, believes that this Congress will create the conditions for the promotion of both cohesion and unity. Indeed, the question of unity has been a powerful motivating factor for each succeeding Leader of the People’s National Congress. In 1969, the then Leader of the PNC, Mr. L.F.S. Burnham, at the 12th Congress of the Party said the following: “I pray you now that the Party is coming into its own, keep it whole and strong … Let no one now ever divide us.” It is this advice the Party has taken to heart, which will [and will] serve as constant inspiration for all of us during this Congress.

People’s National Congress Reform

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Tuesday, November 17, 2021

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Greenidge receives nomination for PNCR leader

November 17 ,2021

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Amid his trials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge has picked up two nominations for the post of leader of the Peoples National Congress Reform.
Greenidge has been conspicuously absent from the affairs of the party following the March 2020 elections. Having served in the David Granger administration as a vice president with responsibility for foreign affairs, Greenidge appeared to have abandoned the party and took up the post of adviser on borders with the PPP/C government.
On Tuesday it was revealed that he is being sidelined and disrespected by the current Foreign Minister Hugh Todd and Minister of Governance Gail Teixeira. He made a plea to report directly to President Irfaan Ali or Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, but this was turned down.
Greenidge previously challenged for the leadership of the PNCR, but was defeated by David Granger, the incumbent leader. It is unclear whether Greendige will accept the nomination on the day of the Congress billed for December 11, 2021.

Granger not nominated for any position; Norton receives most nominations for leader

in News, Politics Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 13:26 1 Comment -- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 13:26 by Denis Chabrol -- Source -- https://demerarawaves.com/2021...inations-for-leader/

Incumbent Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, David Granger has not been nominated by any party group for any position.

This is the first time in that party’s 60-odd year history that a sitting leader has not been nominated.

The PNCR’S Congress is scheduled to be held on December 11.

The PNCR did not release the number of nominations that each nominee has received, but well-placed Congress Place sources on Wednesday said that longtime patty member, Aubrey Norton has obtained an unassailable lead ahead of his main rival, Joseph Harmon.

One source described Mr Norton’s nominations as “runway” while another conceded that Mr. Harmon’s campaign “started late” but they are “returning to win back hearts.”

The PNCR said the seven persons who have been nominated for the position of leader are Basil Williams, Carl Greenidge, Richard Van-West Charles, Volda Lawrence; Aubrey Norton, Joseph Harmon; Sharma Solomon.

The 16 nominees for the position of Party Chairman: Volda Lawrence, Gary Best, Shurwayne Holder, Amanza Walton-Desir, Roysdale Ford, Annette Ferguson; Aubrey Norton, Sharma Solomon, Ronald Bulkan, Christopher Jones, Richard Van-West Charles, Simona Broomes, Geeta Chandan, Dawn Hastings, Joseph Harmon, and Mervyn Williams.

For the position of Party Chairman: Volda Lawrence, Gary Best, Shurwayne Holder, Amanza Walton-Desir, Roysdale Ford, Annette Ferguson; Aubrey Norton, Sharma Solomon, Ronald Bulkan, Christopher Jones, Richard Van-West Charles, Simona Broomes, Geeta Chandan, Dawn Hastings, Joseph Harmon, and Mervyn Williams

For the position of Party Vice-Chairman: Elizabeth Niles-Williams, Volda Lawrence, Dawn Hastings-Williams, Annette Ferguson, Vinceroy Jordan, Gregory Fraser, Aubrey Norton, Darren Wade, Gary Best, Christopher Jones, Richard Van-West Charles, Vinceroy Jordan, Shurwayne Holder, Roysdale Ford, Ubraj Narine, Sharma Solomon, Robert Corbin, Simona Broomes, Natasha Singh-Lewis, Kirk Fraser, Randolph Critchlow, Amanza Walton-Desir, Corretta McDonald, Ronald Cox, Ronald Bulkan, Mervyn Williams, Ganesh Mahipaul, Bernita Primo, Samuel Sandy, and Jevaughn Stephens.

For the position of Party Treasurer Ivelaw Henry, Clayton Newman, Elson Lowe, Vanessa Kissoon, Derrick Lawrence, Gary Best, Faaiz Mursaline, Ubraj Narine, Ronald Bulkan, Carol Smith-Joseph, Annette Ferguson, Amanza Walton-Desir, Roysdale Ford, Dr. Karen Cummings, Volda Lawrence, Ganesh Mahipaul, Daniel Seeram, and Deron John

The PNCR says that all nominees will be written to and requested to indicate by a given date their acceptance of the nominations.

“Failure to respond means that, should they otherwise qualify, their names would not automatically appear on the Ballot for the position/s for which they were nominated,” that Party said.

Basil Williams skirts questions on nomination for PNC leader

https://i0.wp.com/www.inewsguyana.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Basil-Williams.jpg?fit=1722%2C917&ssl=1Former Attorney General Basil Williams

Former Attorney General Basil Williams SC., who was nominated for leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R), would not confirm nor deny whether he will be running for the top position.

When contacted, Williams was asked whether he will be accepting the nomination.

While he did not answer the question, Williams did confirm that he was meeting with the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the party where the issue was being discussed.

“I’m in CEC meeting now. They’re actually talking about the issue. They have to write and notify that I’m a candidate,” Williams, who formerly served as chairman of the PNC/R, explained.

Volda Lawrence, the PNC/R Chairperson widely considered as a front-runner for the position of party leader, will be declining her nomination to contest as leader at the party’s Congress next month.

Other nominees include former Attorney General Basil Williams, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and former Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon. Incumbent Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon, Aubrey Norton and Dr. Richard Van West Charles were also nominated. The party’s 21st Biennial delegate congress is scheduled for December 11, 2021, over the course of one day.

In stage one of the Congress, elections will be held for the leader, Chairman, Vice Chairpersons and Treasurer. In the second stage, there will be an election for the members of the Central Executive Committee.

The PNCR – the leading party in the A Partnership for National Unity faction of the APNU/AFC coalition Opposition – has been embroiled in an internal divisive power struggle since the party’s loss at the 2020 General and Regional Elections. Hence, there was mounting pressure for congress to be held to elect new leadership.

Harmon’s candidacy is supported by several Members of Parliament and party members who attended his campaign launch that was streamed live on the PNCR Facebook page. These include: Coretta McDonald, Roysdale Forde, Ganesh Mahipaul and Annette Ferguson – all parliamentarians.

Meanwhile, Dr Van West-Charles has been endorsed by several PNCR members including prominent leaders in Linden, including Solomon and former PNC parliamentarian Vanessa Kissoon.

Greenidge, a long-standing member of the PNC/R who once served as Finance Minister under former President Forbes Burnham, served from 2015 to 2019 as Foreign Affairs Minister under government of David Granger- who he previously challenged for the leadership of the party. He is currently employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor on borders.

Volda Lawrence likely to decline nomination for PNC leader

https://i2.wp.com/www.inewsguyana.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Volda-Lawrence.jpg?fit=2058%2C1350&ssl=1Volda Lawrence

Volda Lawrence, the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) Chairperson widely considered as a front-runner for the position of party leader, will be declining her nomination to contest as leader at the party’s Congress next month.

Lawrence, a former Minister of Public Health, was one of seven candidates who were nominated for leader of the PNC/R last week. While efforts to contact Lawrence were futile, this publication was able to make contact with former PNC/R Parliamentarian James Bond, who made the confirmation.

According to Bond, Lawrence will not be accepting the nomination and will be sitting out the race. Bond emphasised, however, that she still has the party at heart and will continue to serve the party.

“She’s not contesting… Ms Lawrence has never been a person who made the leader of the party an ambition of hers. I think all she wanted to do was serve her party and she’s still serving her party in whatever capacity she can. Just that this time she decided to sit out the race. But she still has her party at heart and will continue to serve the party,” he explained.

Other nominees include former Attorney General Basil Williams, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and former Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon. Incumbent Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon, Aubrey Norton and Dr. Richard Van West Charles were also nominated. The party’s 21st Biennial delegate congress is scheduled for December 11, 2021, over the course of one day.

In stage one of the Congress, elections will be held for the leader, Chairman, Vice Chairpersons and Treasurer. In the second stage, there will be an election for the members of the Central Executive Committee.

The PNCR – the leading party in the A Partnership for National Unity faction of the APNU/AFC coalition Opposition – has been embroiled in an internal divisive power struggle since the party’s loss at the 2020 General and Regional Elections. Hence, there was mounting pressure for congress to be held to elect new leadership.

Harmon’s candidacy is supported by several Members of Parliament and party members who attended his campaign launch that was streamed live on the PNCR Facebook page. These include: Coretta McDonald, Roysdale Forde, Ganesh Mahipaul and Annette Ferguson – all parliamentarians.

Meanwhile, Dr Van West-Charles has been endorsed by several PNCR members including prominent leaders in Linden, including Solomon and former PNC parliamentarian Vanessa Kissoon.

Greenidge, a long-standing member of the PNC/R who once served as Finance Minister under former President Forbes Burnham, served from 2015 to 2019 as Foreign Affairs Minister under government of David Granger- who he previously challenged for the leadership of the party. He is currently employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor on borders.

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