Portia defends change to conference format
People’s National Party (PNP) President, Portia Simpson Miller, has defended the party’s decision to change the format of this year’s annual conference amid criticisms.
The PNP had initially scheduled a three-day conference to run from Friday to Sunday, but subsequently announced that Friday’s private session could be cancelled because of funding problems.
The move was criticised by some party members but Simpson Miller says the PNP's executive committee acted within its powers when it cancelled the Friday session.
"It is empowered by the constitution to make such decisions outside of annual conference and between meetings of the NEC (National Executive Council). I gave the decision my stamp of approval," Simpson Miller said.