Former General Secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP), Paul Burke, is questioning the moral authority of his party colleagues who’ve spoken out against vote-buying in last Thursday’s by-election in East Portland.
Members of the PNP have accused the JLP of buying votes in the lead up to the by election.
In the 6 page letter obtained by Nationwide News,
On Sunday, a former PNP General Secretary, Maxine Henry Wilson, raised speculation about the JLP being involved in vote buying in East Portland.
Mrs. Henry Wilson was also the Campaign Director for the PNP’s candidate, Damion Crawford.
But another former PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke, says money and benefits have been a growing feature and campaign strategy in the PNP’s own internal elections. He says this has been so since the PNP’s Vice Presidential Elections in the late
In the meantime,
However he says the decay continued under her leadership and during his tenure as General Secretary. Mr. Burke also says the Party Groups have been gradually and systematically breaking down over the last twenty plus years and are not functioning as they were meant to. He cites four key areas to re-energise the PNP – recruitment, political education, community outreach and electoral work.
The former Gen Sec also addressed concerns about the viability of Party Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips. He admits Dr. Phillips has a popularity problem, but says the fundamental issues lie within the party’s efforts to aggressively recruit, educate, hold Divisional and Constituency Conferences and speak to the party’s mission and message.