Seven persons have been nominated to lead the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) at the close of Nominations Day on Friday, November 12, 2021. According to a press statement from the party, 16 persons were nominated for the post of Party Chairman and 30 for Party Vice-Chairman.
In addition to Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon and party members Dr. Richard Van-West Charles and Aubrey Norton who have been campaigning publicly to lead the party, groups have nominated Basil Williams, Volda Lawrence, Carl Greenidge and Sharma Solomon.
Notably, current Leader of the party and former President David Granger was not nominated.
For the position of Chairman, nominees include Volda Lawrence, Gary Best, Shurwayne Holder, Amanza Walton-Desir, Roysdale Ford, Annette Ferguson; Aubrey Norton, Sharma Solomon, Ronald Bulkan, Christopher Jones, Richard Van West Charles, Simona Broomes, Greeta Chandan, Dawn Hashings-Williams, Joseph Harmon, and Mervyn Wiliams.
Meanwhile, nominees for the Vice Chairman post include Elizabeth Niles-Williams, Volda Lawrence, Dawn Hastings-Williams, Annette Ferguson, Vinceroy Jordan, Gregory Fraser, Aubrey Norton, Darren Wade, Gary Best, Christopher Jones, Richard Van-West Charles, Vinceroy Jordan, Shurwayne Holder, Roysdale Ford, Ubraj Narine, Sharma Solomon, Robert Corbin, Simona Broomes, Natasha Singh-Lewis, Kirk Fraser, Randolph Critchlow, Amanza Walton-Desir, Corretta McDonald, Ronald Cox, Ronald Bulkan, Mervyn Williams, Ganesh Mahipaul, Bernita Primo, Samuel Sandy, and Jevaughn Stephens.
The party noted that all nominees will be written to and requested to indicate their acceptance of the nominations. Failure to respond means that, should they otherwise qualify, their names would not automatically appear on the Ballot for the position/s for which they were nominated.
The PNCR’s 21 Biennial Delegates Congress, scheduled for Saturday 11 December 2021. The Congress will be for delegates only, decentralized, and hybrid. It will be conducted over one day at Party Congress Houses and approved venues in the respective regions.
The congress will commence with an address from current Party Leader, Brigadier David Granger. The day’s activities will include the election of Party Officers and members of the Central Executive Committee.
As it relates to the elections, several candidates were nominated for more than one position for which they can contest. As such, the elections of the Leader, Chairman, two Vice Chairpersons and a Treasurer will be completed first and results declared. The second stage will see the election of members of the Central Executive Committee.
The PNCR said “the multiple candidates nominated to be elected to the various offices and the opening of this process to the Guyanese public demonstrates the confidence the PNCR has in its internal democratic systems. For us, it is an expression of the will of our members and supporters.”
The party this year celebrated its 64th anniversary and first after losing the 2020 General and Regional Elections which forced it once again into the Opposition benches. In its press release, the PNCR said it believes that this congress “will create the conditions for the promotion of both cohesion and unity.”