REJECTED! PNP says Jess not eligible for VP nomination

People’s National Party caretaker for Clarendon Central, Zuleika Jess

The Executive Committee of the People’s National Party (PNP) has rejected the nomination of Clarendon Central caretaker Zuleika Jess for a vice-president submit, stating that Jess does not meet eligibility necessities.

According to the Committee, the Clarendon Central caretaker was not a paid-up member of the social gathering on the time of nomination.

“A evaluation of the data discovered that Comrade Jess’ direct membership was suspended since no fee had been made since 2018, and her direct membership was then outmoded and got here to an finish by her changing into a gaggle member.

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“However, her group subsequently went into abeyance. Comrade Jess’ membership is now provisional, on account of her group being re-registered on January 31, 2022. In these circumstances, the authorized recommendation acquired is that funds made on the time of nomination can not retroactively revive her direct membership,” the Committee mentioned in a information launch.

The Executive Committee mentioned it had reviewed the related sections of the social gathering’s Constitution and famous {that a} Comrade should fulfill the next eligibility necessities, with the intention to be nominated to the submit of vice chairman:

“….should have had membership within the Party for a minimal 5 12 months interval, be a member of a Recognized Constituency Committee, Regional Management Committee or NEC Member and should have at least twenty 4 members signing their nomination papers, twelve of whom should be present members of the National Executive Council from at least three Regions.”

According to the Committee, it was towards this background that Jess’ eligibility for nomination for vice chairman was positioned earlier than members, who voted as follows:

• Yes (Cde Jess is eligible) – 1 member

• No (Cde Jess is ineligible) – 35 members

• Abstain – 2 members

• 4 comrades did not vote for any of the choices

“We sit up for Comrade Jess persevering with the work within the winery of the People’s National Party in order that collectively we are able to fulfil the Party’s mandate to the Jamaican folks, as there are a lot of different alternatives to serve our nice social gathering and we sit up for discussing these along with her,” the Committee mentioned.

On Thursday, Jess together with busloads of supporters turned up on the PNP headquarters to formally throw her hat within the ring for one of many 4 vice chairman positions within the social gathering, however needed to wait a number of hours earlier than her nomination was accepted pending a deliberation amongst government members.

The nominees for the VP positions to date are Senator Donna Scott Mottley; Manchester North Western MP, Mikael Phillips; Spanish Town Mayor, Norman Scott; and former Hanover Western MP, Ian Hayles.

A Jess supporter advised OBSERVER ONLINE that social gathering executives had been involved that Jess’ candidacy may doubtlessly displace a loyalist of social gathering president Mark Golding from the slate of VPs.

Scott and Hayles are believed to be loyal to Golding.

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