Central Basseterre PAM Representative, Ambassador Jonel Powell welcomes the campaign launched on social media by former PAM Chairman Selwyn “Rusty” Liburd dubbed Real Change, as part of the democratic process, or “democracy at work”.
Powell recalled that “the PAM is in its 53rd year with long traditions of democracy and any member of the party is open to challenge and put themselves up to represent at the executive level or any level for that matter,” said Powell.
Liburd ran against Powell for the PAM Central Basseterre Candidacy in 2013 but lost to Powell who was eventually declared as the Party’s representative for the coveted Central Basseterre seat. Powell sees Liburd’s bid to become the Deputy Leader as further evidence of the high level of dynamism, vibrancy and democracy within the party . He also declared that it shows that the democratic process is operating at its best as it accommodates full participation by anyone who wants to play a pivotal role in the party’s political development .
“Yes Iam one of the two Deputy Leaders …..I think I have been doing a good job at it…..I have been in that position for the past 4 years and so I know what it takes. But you know it can’t be stagnant and if Rusty thinks he can bring something new to the Party to advance the party, then I welcome him….That is democracy at work,” Powell stated confidently .
The PAM Caucus to decide on the Party’s executive takes place on Saturday April 8th . The next executive will be ratified two weeks later at the party’s 52nd Annual Convention