Ganga Singh: UNC's announcement on election of party's political leader breaches Constitution

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 15:45

Chaguanas West Member of Parliament, Ganga Singh is challenging the decision by the executive of the United National Congress to fix November 26th, 2017 as the date for the election for the party's political leader, saying it is ultra vires and/or in breach of the UNC Constitution.

He says it is therefore null and void.

Singh has written a letter to the party's General Secretary Dave Tancoo noting that according to the party's Constitution, elections are held every two years for all members of the executive except the political leader and that the leadership elections are held every three years.

He points out that the announcement by the party notes that 18 of the party's 20 elected posts will be contested, including the position of the political leader.

He notes that political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has taken a decision to seek a fresh mandate for the party members as the party prepares for a general election.

"Mr General Secretary, if the above notices are genuine, I ask that you and the Party's National Executive, carefully consider and/or reconsider Article 18 of the Party's Constitution in the context of my complaint and the proposed election," Singh states in the letter. 

He notes that the last election for the post was held in December 2015 which means that the next election for political leader is due in December 2018.

He points out that the political leader has not resigned nor has the office become vacant.

"I know that as a party which fervently and justifiably believes itself to be in a position to form the next government for our Country, the National Executive and the Political Leader would not want to act contrary to and in breach of the Party's own Constitution. Indeed, transparency and accountability demand no less," he said.

He has asked for a response within four days.

The letter was copied to party chairman David Lee and political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.