The People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) will hold its long-overdue General Council meeting in mid-November, and at that meeting, party officials are expected to deliberate on a schedule for the party’s Biennial Delegates Congress to elect a new leadership.
In a correspondence seen by News Source, PNCR General Secretary, Dawn Hastings-Williams, urged all party officials including Members of Parliament, Central Executive Members, Regional Officials as well as officials from the party’s Women and Youth structure to take notice of the proposed date for the General Council Meeting.
“This correspondence seeks to inform you that there will be a meeting of the General Council of the People’s National Congress Reform for 202, which will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of November, 2023 in keeping with Rule 16 (3) (c) of our Constitution. It will commence at 09:00hrs. instant at Congress Place Sophia,” the party General Secretary told party officials.
She also informed them to ensure that all rules governing the General Council be followed, including the submission of reports before the Council sits.
The General Council is the party’s second highest decision-making body, and according to the party’s Constitution, the General Council is due once every quarter.
Party members have been agitating for the General Council to be held, in order for the party to kickstart preparations for its Delegates Congress and Elections.
Rule 15 of the party’s Constitution states that “the supreme authority of the Party shall be the Biennial Delegates Congress, which shall be held at such time and place every two (2) years as the General Council or the Central Executive Committee may decide. For the avoidance of doubt, the supremacy of the Congress means that the Congress has the right to review or to order a review of and decision taken by any other forum, organ or committee of the Party.”
There were talks to delay the Congress for a few months to allow for adequate preparations, but the PNC General Secretary informed her officials that they have until November 10 to prepare and submit representative registers, while their questions should be submitted by 6th November.
With the party congress now on the horizon, News Source understands that several party members are gearing up to challenge incumbent leader Aubrey Norton for the position for the top party position.