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PNP urged to focus on rebuilding rather than on local government election

Damion Gordon, Assistant Lecturer of Public Policy at the UWI and political commentator and economist Jermaine Spencer
 
Two commentators have suggested the People's National Party (PNP) place more focus on rebuilding instead of participating in the next local government election.
 
Damion Gordon, Assistant Lecturer of Public Policy at the University of the West Indies, has said the next PNP president should urgently start the process of rebuilding and uniting the party as this is crucial for the PNP's future. 
 
"There's an expectation that the political party that wins the general election usually wins the local government election. So I'm not sure if the party's focus is necessarily on the local government election as opposed to what it needs to do to rebuild over the long term and the fact that the party needs to start the process of rebuilding now as a matter of urgency.
 
"So I suspect that the party already accepts that they will not be viable for the local government election. However, they will begin the process of making the necessary changes, especially at the leadership level to prepare themselves for, not just the next five years, but clearly the party needs to survive beyond five years," Mr. Gordon reasoned while speaking Wednesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106.
 
Political commentator and economist Jermaine Spencer, who was also a guest on the programme, agreed the PNP might not be in a position to contest the local government elections and should instead get its house in order.
 
"Whether the local government elections are in December, January, February, it's more than likely a possibility the party is not going to be in a position to contest it because we saw that they have financial issues anyway. So delaying a decision is only going to be to the detriment of the party rather than just simply moving forward with what needs to be done with cleaning the house," he suggested. 
 
 
 


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