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PNP setting up mediation teams to resolve internal troubles

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 9:35 AM

The People's National Party (PNP) says it is creating mediation teams across its six regions to address the problems that may develop among Comrades. 

The move is in response to a number of public disputes involving Comrades and the seeming inability of the party to resolve them. 

The internal fights intensified over the weekend when Comrades in North East St Elizabeth blocked roads and threatened to withhold their votes if they did not get a chance to choose the candidate they want to replace the incumbent PNP MP Raymond Pryce. 

PNP general secretary, Paul Burke, says the issues in Pryce's constituency have been ongoing for over three years.

He says six meetings have been held with the leadership there to resolve the problems.

However, he says the party should have been doing more than intervening in disputes.

Burke says this is why mediation teams are now being assembled. 


PNP general secretary, Paul Burke

Pryce has indicated that he will not be seeking re-election. 

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that Evon Redman, who was seeking to challenge Pryce, has been given the approval to represent the party in North East St Elizabeth. 

Meanwhile, the status of the court challenge against a selection exercise for the PNP's representative for North East St Elizabeth will be known today when the case continues in the Supreme Court.

Last Friday, former mayor of Black River Daphnie Holmes obtained a 28-day injunction against the PNP's leadership barring a selection exercise scheduled for last Saturday from taking place.

The case centres around claims by Holmes that businessman Evon Redman is not eligible to challenge incumbent Member of Parliament for North East St Elizabeth Raymond Pryce.

Holmes is contending, among other things, that Redman is not a member of a group and is therefore not eligible for selection under the Party’s Constitution.

Pryce has since withdrawn his application while Redman has reportedly been given the go-ahead to represent the party.

However, it's not clear how those events will impact the court case.

Justice Bryan Sykes is to continue hearing the matter.