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Paul Burke says no confidence motion against him misguided

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:06 AM
People's National Party (PNP) general secretary, Paul Burke's stewardship of the secretariat of the 77-year-old party has come under scrutiny since the February 25 election loss.

Embattled People's National Party (PNP) general secretary, Paul Burke, says a motion of no confidence brought against him by Region One chairman, Lisa Hanna, is misguided for reasons he is refusing to state publicly. 

The motion, which was seconded by Nigel Moore, was brought at yesterday's meeting of the PNP's National Executive Council - the highest decision-making body outside of the party's annual conference.

Burke's stewardship of the secretariat of the 77-year-old party has come under scrutiny since the February 25 election loss to the Jamaica Labour Party which won 32 seats to the PNP's 31.

Burke says all other senior members must be held accountable and not him alone.

 

Regarding Hanna, the youth minister in the previous PNP administration, Burke said she must be held accountable for the party not getting the youth vote in the recent elections. 

 

PNP general secretary, Paul Burke

Under the PNP's constitution, a vote cannot be taken until at least after 30 days after the resolution was passed.

Burke says no date has yet been set for the next meeting of the NEC.

Along with the election loss, Burke has been blamed for the extended PNP internal battles that played out in street protests and clashes.