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PNP not yet ready for election, Burke tells supporters

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 1:58 PM
Hundreds of cheering orange-clad party supporters at the PNP's 77th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston.

In a bid to quell expectations of an imminent general election, the general secretary of the ruling Peoples' National Party (PNP) has indicated that it is not yet ready.

Addressing hundreds of cheering orange-clad party supporters at the 77th annual conference now under way at the National Arena in Kingston, Paul Burke said there is no indication yet from PNP President Portia Simpson Miller to head to the starting blocks.  

According to Burke, the party is still doing ground work but when the indication is given, the party will be prepared to run.

Burke stressed the need for the party's organisation to be properly prepared, so ‎that there will be no false starters when the trumpet sounds.

In the meantime, the Internal Affairs Commission of the People's National Party (PNP) has called on its regional chairpersons to immediately refer for its attention disputes in its early stages to prevent escalation and disunity.

Stung over several months of public internal disputes, the commission in its report to conference, said it would not mention any specific case, but recommended to the secretariat that disputes and disagreements be referred to the commission at an early stage or as soon as efforts to resolve the issue at the regional level fails.

"The IAC feels that in many cases comrades at the level of the region are too close to the problem and too often disagreements are not addressed in a timely manner and they fester and escalate," said the commission's report.

The commission also said it believes that it offers an impartial and objective forum which will be more effective in achieving a resolution.