DLP unified behind Stuart

The Democratic Labour Party is heading into its 57 Annual Conference this weekend and seemingly the next General Election as a unified body standing behind President and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Speaking at a press conference at the DLP’s George Street Headquarters this afternoon, General Secretary of the party, George Pilgrim, stated that while over 100 persons would be vying for office only one nomination was received for the post of president — that of Freundel Stuart.

“There are over 100 persons seeking office and for our president to go unopposed it speaks volumes coming against the backdrop of the recent poll.

“There are 15 persons contesting the four positions of vice president, three for the post of general secretary, three for the post of treasurer and seven for the position of assistant secretary,” Pilgrim said.

The theme for this weekend’s conference is “Team DLP Achieving Higher Heights”.

The three broad areas of focus will be constituency councils, the green economy and member recognition.

The conference kicks off with the Opening Gala on Friday at 7 p.m. with remarks from the General Secretary, chairman of the conference Michael Carrington and president and leader of the party, Prime Minister Stuart.

Saturday is the principal business day and reports from the Executive Council, General Council, treasurer, general secretary, Democratic League of Women, Young Democrats and overseas organisations will be received as well as presentations from members of the two Houses of Parliament.

Sunday begins with breakfast at 7 a.m., an interdenominational service at 9 a.m. and the feature address at 11 a.m. by Stuart.

Due to religious and other hindrances, persons who have difficulty attending the voting on Saturdays can now do so between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Pilgrim reported.

However, Carrington has stressed that this time will be strictly adhered to so as to avoid any clash with the opening Gala.

He also said it came as no surprise to him that only one nomination was received for the position of president of the party as it spoke to their stability and commitment to leading Barbados with sound government. (DB)

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