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Campbell elected PNP gen-sec, Paulwell voted chairman

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 1:37 PMRomario Scott- Gleaner Writer
From left: Dr Dayton Campbell, Phillip Paulwell, Peter Bunting and Angela Brown Burke in discussion during today's meeting of the People's National Party 's National Executive Council at Jamaica College in St Andrew today.

Dr Dayton Campbell this afternoon beat back the challenge of Raymond Pryce to be elected general-secretary of the People's National Party (PNP).

Member of Parliament for Kingston Eastern and Port Royal Phillip Paulwell was elected chairman. 

Two hundred and eighty-six of 336 members of the National Executive Council (NEC), the party's highest decision-making body outside of its Annual Conference, elected the men during a meeting at Jamaica College in St Andrew.

Campbell amassed 147 votes to the 138 received by Pryce, a former deputy general-secretary. 

Attorney-at-law Jennifer Housen, who had publicly thrown her hat into the ring for the position for general-secretary, was not nominated. 

Paulwell gained the votes of 153 NEC members to defeat his sole challenger, Angela Brown Burke, who received 133 votes.

“I am a party man. I was born in this party, grew up in this party and I will be here until I die,” Paulwell said following the announcement of the results by Horace Dalley. 

He maintained that he would be loyal to the leadership of the party. 

And Campbell said his focus will turn to making the party "winnable for the next election."

Polling commenced at 12:51 p.m. and closed 1:17 p.m.

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