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Blythe seeking votes for PNP presidency, pens open letter to delegates

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 7:35 AM
People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Karl Blythe.

Challenger for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Karl Blythe, is calling for Comrades who are already in favour of particular individuals to succeed Portia Simpson Miller to vote for him to lead the party in the interim.

His appeal is contained in an open letter penned to thousands of delegates of the party seeking their support as he pledges to restore democracy to the 78-year-old institution.

In his letter Blythe sought to woo delegates of the party, telling them Jamaica is depending on them to help the PNP become a viable alternative to the Government.

He said delegates here and in the diaspora should support his bid to unseat Simpson Miller as president of the PNP.

Blythe stated that he was not seeking to promote himself, but to protect the democracy of the party.

He also outlined his plan for the period of his presidency of the party.

Blythe said he would invite comrades interested in leading the renewal of the party to hit the road and discuss their plans with comrades and wider community members.

He says after that a date would be agreed on to hold elections to select the new president and he will step aside after.

Blythe said he would make himself available on the campaign trail to delegates who need clarification of his renewal mission.

The party has the option of holding a special delegates conference for the election or to have a run-off at the annual conference.

Blythe first ran against Simpson Miller on February 25, 2006.

At that time Simpson Miller was also challenged by Dr Peter Phillips and Dr Omar Davies.