The People’s National Party (PNP) expects that the presidency of the party should be settled by the end of this year.
Dr Peter Phillips, the current PNP President, has confirmed that he intends to step aside, following the party's massive defeat at the polls on September 3.
There have been questions regarding when he will go, however, with the PNP Youth Organisation (PNPYO) on Monday suggesting a thirty-day timeline.
Fitz Jackson, the Chairman of the PNP, addressed the issue Tuesday on Radio Jamaica’s Beyond the Headlines, saying Dr Phillips will leave as soon as the party has chosen a new president, which is expected to take place before year end.
He conceded that the possible holding of Local Government Election in November could affect the timing of Dr Phillips’s departure, but nevertheless said he expects the change to take place by the end of 2020.
Mr. Jackson added that the PNPYO's letter to Dr. Phillips suggesting the thirty-day schedule for his departure was unfortunate and unrealistic.
The PNP Chairman also revealed that the party is considering holding the presidential election (if no consensus candidate emerges) at venues across all six of the party’s regions in light of the need to avoid crowded conditions, given the stringency of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Electoral Office of Jamaica would be asked to conduct the election, as has become customary for internal party elections in Jamaica, he added.