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Donations scandal expected to dominate PNP exec meeting

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 2:09 PM
PNP chairman chairman, Robert Pickersgill.

The People's National Party (PNP) executive committee will meet this evening amid the deepening campaign donations scandal that has been rocking the party over the past two weeks.

Party chairman, Robert Pickersgill confirmed that the meeting will take place this evening, but refused to state what was on the agenda.

The executive committee usually meets on Mondays, but today's meeting is expected to be dominated by the allegations that PNP members collected money from private sector donors for the February General Election, but did not hand over the funds to the party's treasury.

Those allegations surfaced on August 22 when a report by the party's treasurer was leaked to the media.

Things went up a notch last week when senior PNP member Dr Omar Davies came public with allegations he said were made by the party's general secretary that it's an established practice for Chinese investors to pay kickbacks to government officials.

Chinese government representatives and companies here have rejected the allegations.

The PNP called an emergency meeting last week that announced an internal probe although calls are mounting for local law enforcement authorities to look into the matter.

This month's leadership contest between party president Portia Simpson Miller and Dr Karl Blythe as well as the impending local government elections are also expected to be on the agenda.