by Linda Straker
Two of the three persons representing the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Senate are no longer executive members of the political party.
Mrs Franka Bernardine and Dr George Vincent were not re-elected to the Executive Council during Sunday’s Convention which was held at the Hermitage Government School under the theme “Reaching out to you to build a better future for all.”
The guest speaker was past St Lucian government minister, Damian Greaves who presently is an Assistant Professor at St George’s University.
Incoming Public Relations Officer Randal Robinson said that both senators indicated that they wished to no longer serve on the executive of the party. “Caretakers/candidates have opted to spend their time in their constituencies,” he said.
Efforts to reach both senators for a comment prove futile, as Dr Vincent’s telephone went unanswered while a family member said that Bernardine was unwell.
The new executive has a number of familiar faces taking up new positions, and some new faces serving. Vincent Roberts who formerly served as recording secretary is now the Party’s Chairman, while Jenny Simon who is the President of the Women’s Arm is now the Deputy Chairman. She replaces Glen Noel, who during the 2015 Convention was elected to served as the Deputy Chairman of the party.
Former Sports Minister Patrick Simmons who was the Party’s General Secretary was also not re-elected by the convention delegates, and Glen Noel now serves in the post, as the main organising and mobiliser for the party.
Also not serving on the 2016 executive are Petra Williams and Ali Dowden, who in 2015 were elected to serve as assistant recording secretary and assistant general secretary respectively.
|Deputy Chairman||Jenny Simon|
|Deputy Political Leader||Joseph Andall|
|General Secretary||Glen Noel|
|Assistant General Secretaries||
Elwin McQuilkin (East)
Wade Phillip (South)
Andria Dharangit (West)
|Recording Secretary||Frederick Parker|
|Asst. Recording Secretary||Jerry Marryshow|
|Public Relations Officer||Randal Robinson|
|Assistant PRO||Ron Redhead|
|Labour Relations Officer||Elliot Bishop|
Wallace Mc Leod (Carriacou & Petite Martinique)
The 2015 annual convention was held March, which has resulted in the January-elected 2015 executive serving for less than 12 months.
A release from the Party said that constitutionally the Office of Political Leader was not up for election until the next Annual Convention of the party in 2017.