Paulwell, Campbell win in PNP internal elections

November 30, 2020
Newly elected General Secretary Dr Dayton Campbell (left) greets Phillip Paulwell, who emerged as chairman.
Newly elected General Secretary Dr Dayton Campbell (left) greets Phillip Paulwell, who emerged as chairman.

After losing her her bid to become chairman of the People's National Party (PNP), South West St Andrew Member of Parliament Angella Brown Burke said that she would not offer herself for the upcoming vice-presidential election.

"I have absolutely no intention of doing so," she declared.

Brown Burke was the campaign director for Mark Golding's successful presidential bid and would have served as a strong ally. The PNP president then announced her as his choice to be chairman on the party, and Dr Dayton Campbell for general secretary.

However, Brown-Burke lost to East Kingston and Port Royal Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell. He polled 153 votes to defeat Brown Burke, who tallied 133. The voters in the election were members of the National Executive Council (NEC), the party's second highest decision-making body.

Campbell won the race to succeed Julian Robinson as the new general secretary. Campbell amassed 147 votes to turn back the challenge of Raymond Pryce, the former deputy general secretary, who received 138 votes.

Overall, 336 people were eligible to vote but only 288 cast ballots.

"There is a lot of work that needs to be done to unite the party. We are not going to just gloss over it," Campbell said.

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