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No Term Limit for APC Executive Positions
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Apr 15, 2009, 17:36
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Very senior members of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) from both the Diaspora and the local branches have categorically told Awareness Times that what is being peddled by a section of the citizenry about a term limit for the position of Leader, Chairman or Presidential Candidate, was a blatant falsehood.

According to these APC members, Sections 6(13)(1) and 6(9)(3) of the APC Constitution are what addresses the "election or selection" of any of the above three positions in the APC and there is nowhere in these sections or in any other part of the recognised APC Constitution where a term limit is proposed for any Executive position let alone Presidential Candidate.

"The National Delegates Conference will elect or select the Leader/Chairman who will be the political head of the APC as well as the Deputy Leader/Chairman and according to the APC Constitution; those persons can serve in those positions for as long as the membership desires to have them serve. The hullabaloo being created is just a lot of hot air over nothing tangible," Cornelius Deveaux, a leading aspirant for National Publicity Secretary told this press last evening.

Buttressing the point by Deveaux was a Diaspora based APC strongman from Europe who declined to be named. According to this APC member, the only issue some APC members have currently was for a separation of the position of Presidential Candidate from that of Leader/Chairman. This he said was how the APC Constitution was crafted to ensure that the party was effectively run politically whilst the Presidential Candidate, if he succeeds, would have time to concentrate on State matters.

"The Constitution was drafted with the position of Chairman/Leader being distinct from that of the Presidential Candidate. It was for a reason. It was to avoid too much power being concentrated in the hands of just one man," this Europe based APC strongman took his time to explain adding that all executive positions were for a period of three years and any of the incumbents for those positions could seek subsequent terms for as long as was desired.

Awareness Times has learnt that this April 2009 APC Convention will not be seeking a Presidential Candidate as no Presidential Election is on the horizon. However, the next Convention slated for three years hence (April 2012) will be seeking for a Presidential Candidate to run on the APC ticket in 2012 National Elections.


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