Two former Chiefs of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force will now be sitting on the Executive of the People’s National Congress Reform. Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best and Retired Brigadier Edward Collins have both been elected to the party’s Executive Committee.
The two are among the new faces on the PNC’s highest decision making organ.
Dr. Richard Van West Charles who had left the PNC for the AFC is now back with the party founded by his later father-in-law Forbes Burnham, and he too has found his way on the new executive, according to sources familiar with the results of the elections for the executive positions. Junior Minister of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings has also been elected to serve on the Executive Committee.
PNC Youth Leader and former Chairman of the Party’s youth arm, Christopher Jones has also been elected to serve on the Executive Committee. He secured the highest number of votes in the Executive Committee race.
Another longtime party youth activist, Thandi McAllister has also been elected to the position.
Other persons elected to the Executive Committee are the party’s General Secretary Amna Ally, former General Secretary Aubrey Norton, Region Four Chairperson Genevieve Allen, former Region Ten Chairman, Mortimer Mingo, Government Minister and former Police Commissioner Winston Felix, Clement Corlette, Cheryl Sampson, Jennifer Ferrerier and retired GDF Colonel, Larry London.
Under the PNC’s constitution, the Leader of the Party is also allowed to add non-elected members to the Executive Committee.
The PNC hosted its elections on Sunday during its Biennial Congress. The Party Leader, President David Granger was unchallenged for that position along with the treasurer. Public Health Minister and longtime party member, Volda Lawrence was elected the new Chairperson with Annette Ferguson and Dr. George Norton as the two Vice Chairpersons.