The North Trelawny constituency may not get a new representative after all. The constituency’s lack of a proper structure, means that local delegates have no say in who will represent them in the next General Elections.
Several prominent members of the North Trelawny executives had voiced their displeasure at the performance of MP Atkinson. Two persons had offered themselves as alternative choices: Paul Stewart (brother of former MP Wendell ‘Bull Bull’ Stewart) and JP Whyte.
Atkinson’s stewardship has been called into question. He is described as “missing in action,” and considered a ‘hard sell’ in the upcoming elections because of the perception of the constituency that he has done very little in his tenure as MP from 2012.
The fact that the constituency is ‘unrecognized,’ means that it is up to the party to choose who will represent the PNP in North Trelawny. The smart guess is that the Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, will be returned to represent the safe PNP seat of North Trelawny.
From The Gleaner
The anticipated challenge from within the ranks of the People’s National Party (PNP) to incumbent Member of Parliament Patrick Atkinson as its standard-bearer in North Trelawny is now unlikely to emerge.
PNP General Secretary Paul Burke told The Gleaner yesterday that, because North Trelawny is not a ‘recognised constituency’ – not having in place the requisite operational structure – the intended challenge from aspirants J.P. Whyte and Paul Stewart would not emerge in time for the next general elections.
“They (the constituency) don’t qualify. They don’t have the right. Now, the party can (pick from) many options to determine the candidate. It can do what we call poll sounding, indicative conferences, interviews – try to seek a consensus candidate. The party, under the directive of the party president, is doing exactly that, and that process is in train,” Burke said.
“I can’t tell you the outcome because I don’t know and I am not directly involved in the process,” he added.
“I only understand the steps for the process to take place, and I make that point because many people believe that because you don’t have a run-off, that something sinister is involved. There is nothing sinister; it just is not a recognised constituency, based on the (party) constitution.
He continued: “The first is that people need to understand our constitution and, if you’re not a recognised constituency for two years, you don’t have the right to select your candidate.”
Curated from: The Gleaner