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Hanna questions whether PNP is suppressing poll in St Andrew South Western

Published:Monday | July 24, 2017 | 11:19 AM
Hanna publicly declared her support for Audrey Smith-Facey, who will be going up against Angela Brown Burke in a July 30 selection.

South East St Ann Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna is questioning whether her party is suppressing a poll for the preferred successor to Portia Simpson Miller in St Andrew South Western.

She raised the issue in an Instagram post on Saturday in which she publicly declared her support for Audrey Smith-Facey, who will be going up against Angela Brown Burke in a July 30 selection. 

The poll reportedly puts Smith-Facey ahead of Brown Burke.

Brown Burke was not one of the persons who indicated an interest in replacing Simpson Miller when the secretariat issued a request in June.

On Saturday, the PNP's National Executive Council passed a resolution mandating that the special conference be held this Sunday to select a successor.

That became necessary after Smith-Facey questioned the process under which Brown Burke was introduced as well as the endorsement by Simpson Miller.

PNP president, Dr Peter Phillips has appealed to supporters to ensure that the selection process is peaceful and fair and that it maintains the unity in the party.

Meanwhile, PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said  the National Executive Council agreed to establish a protocol to guide how party members deal with social media and other forms of media.

He says the party's secretariat has been asked to develop the protocol in conjunction with some of the other organs within the party.

A draft resolution shows that members could be suspended or even expelled for breaching the social media guidelines.