The NDC holds its convention at the Trade Centre on Sunday and one of the highly anticipated items on the agenda is the election of a new leadership team, foremost among them is a political leader, which many expect to be female.
Officials of the National Democratic Congress anticipate that the party’s first female political leader will be elected on Sunday.
Since the resignation of Nazim Burke from the position last year July, Joseph Andall was appointed Interim Political Leader, but Sunday’s convention in the south of the island will see the election of the person that would lead the party in the next general elections, constitutionally due in 2023.
Nominations for the position will be made on the day, and while a number of names have been discussed in the public domain, Interim Public Relations Officer of the NDC, Kennedy Roberts, says the person who has gained consensus support for the position of political leader, is Franka Alexis-Bernardine.
Following the 2008 general elections, Mrs. Alexis‐Bernardine was appointed to the Upper House of Parliament as a Senator and Minister of Education and Human Resource Development.
She contested the Town of St George and St. George South seats at the 2013 and 2018 general elections respectively, but lost to representatives of the New National Party on both occasions.
He acknowledges however that there is still room for other people to be nominated for the position, as the process follows a democratic process.
The official part of the convention begins at 10am at the trade centre, and the after rally is scheduled for a 6pm start at the Morne Rouge playing field, weather permitting.