PNP taking steps to overcome divisions caused by presidential election contest

Dr. Peter Phillips speaking at Wednesday's press conference at PNP headquarters


With last Saturday’s presidential election out of the way, the two campaigns in the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) have agreed to dismantle their respective OnePNP and Rise United camps and re-engage their energies as a united party.

That followed Tuesday’s meeting between the victor, Dr. Peter Phillips, and Peter Bunting who had challenged him for the presidency of the 81 year old party.

Dr. Phillips announced at a press conference on Wednesday morning that a team will be named, comprising members of both campaigns, to resolve issues that could cause conflict within the party.

The team, to be led by the respective campaign managers, will meet next week.

“We know that a united PNP has always been victorious; our task now is to build on the positive energies created during the campaign, to resume our work in the 63 constituencies, island-wide,” he said.

In the meantime, he said, they both had agreed “that our supporters should desist from attacks on other party members, whether on social media or otherwise, and that the party’s code of conduct and rules must be observed.”

Following the bruising presidential contest, the PNP's secretariat has declared that it will focus on reconciliation.

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