UPP Executive must reform the Party’s voting process

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UPP Executive must reform the Party’s voting process.

Now that the Convention is over, I want to congratulate Political Leader, Jamale Pringle and his Executive. They face many challenges ahead and it is incumbent upon them to begin to restructure the Party to make it stronger and more viable going forward.

Which brings me to the Party’s voting process on Sunday 21st April. I was disgusted with the utter chaos and lack of organization that characterized the voting process. There were some Party officials openly campaigning, crowding around polling boxes and overall unprofessional conduct.

But I was not prepared for the photos from the voting floor that were circulated. The place looked like a crazy house. Even though I was in the room, the bird’s eye view of the voting process revealed more madness than I had realized. The scene looked like we were running a relay but no one was running in their lane. It was utter confusion.

Pringle and the Executive should not take comfort in a win that was aided by this level of chaos and disorganization. We must move quickly to address these issues by doing an in-depth assessment to come up with ways to overhaul the Party’s electoral process. If we fail to address this pressing issue it will only lead to further weakening of the Party.

I hope that the UPP Executive also recognizes that there is a significant gap to be closed before we are ready to govern. Just the way that things were handled last Sunday suggests that as an organization, the UPP has to do some major restructuring and development. Chaos must be replaced by coordination to achieve collective success.I really do hope that the Executive finds a way to transform the Party’s disjointed efforts into a synchronized and productive team.

Sincerely,UPP Delegate

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