Haughton barred from elections but remains PNP member, party calls it appropriate sanction
The National Executive Council of the People’s National Party (PNP) has ratified the decision of the Executive Committee to bar embattled Hanover councillor, Shernet Haughton, from running on the party’s ticket for the next local government election.
However, in a release issued a short while ago, the PNP says she will remain a member of the party and will be allowed to complete her term as councillor.
“The banning of Mrs Haughton from the next local government election as a candidate of the Party, is an appropriate sanction,” said a PNP spokesperson.
According to the PNP, the NEC held that there were issues of moral principles and ethical conduct.
The OCG had found that 22 contracts, worth more than $3.7 million, were awarded to 11 relatives and persons affiliated with the former mayor.
Meanwhile, the PNP says Haughton is to publicly apologise at the next meeting of the Hanover Parish Council.
"The party also noted that it had no legal authority to remove Councillor Haughton as an elected representative," said a PNP spokesperson in the release.
Haughton had appeared before the PNP's Integrity Commission, with her attorney to answer questions.
The PNP says its executive had accepted from the onset of the release of the OCG’s report, that strong disciplinary action would be taken once the matters had been reviewed in detail and the process of natural justice completed.