The National Executive of People’s United Party has passed two resolutions effectively barring any and all challenges to the office of Party Leader and PUP parliamentarians as standard bearers until after the 2017 General Elections.
The PUP Secretariat has not made any public statement on the matter, so the exact wording of the resolutions, introduced by the PUP’s Cayo South area representative Julius Espat at a meeting on Wednesday, August 8, have not made it into the public domain.
It effectively bars anyone from offering him/herself for the position of Party Leader, and bars anyone from challenging any of the 14 PUP elected area representatives in their respective constituencies.
Party sources agree, the aim is to protect the present PUP leadership from any political challenge, but it seems to fly in the face of the PUP Constitution, which declares that all “members of the National Executive except the Secretary General shall be elected at a National Convention and shall hold office for two years.”
So why does the PUP want to limit its own internal democracy?
Inside reports say the party has no financial resources to speak of, and the party hopes to achieve new stability which will bring in new financial contributions.
Former PUP Leader Said Musa told The Reporter he sees the resolution as the sentiments of the executive.
“We want to win the next election,” Musa said, “but we will have to follow the Party’s Constitution and go back to the people in our constituencies every two years.”