Five incumbent senators and 21 other members of the governing Unity Party (UP) are seeking for the Party’s nomination to contest the upcoming October 14 senatorial election.
If the numbers of persons seeking for party’s nomination are confirmed, they would swell to 26.
In River Gee and Grand Kru counties the incumbents are expected to retire following completion of their nine years of services at the National Legislature. Nomination in the two counties remains opened.
The Party’s National Executive Committee has therefore instructed the national secretariat to inform the county branches about the nomination system to generate the necessary momentum.
Additionally, it is noted that in Grand Cape Mount County—where the National Chairman of Party is the only one seeking nomination, he has automatically become the Party’s nominee by ‘consensus.’
The UP, in a statement released on Monday said their decision followed months or deliberations where the national executive committee finally adopted the ‘Caucus System’ for the Party’s nomination process ahead of the senatorial elections. The election is less than four months away.
“Under the democratic tradition and culture, the ‘caucus system’ is simply a town hall meeting of selected delegates convened at a central location for the purpose of choosing from a list of members that are seeking nominations to contest in an election,” the party’s statement has said.
The decision of the committee means that the Party will hold caucus in all the 15 counties in preparation for the ensuing elections.
Delegates to each county caucus will be party members comprising mainly the vice-standard bearer who shall chair/preside, vice chairperson for governmental affairs, national secretary-general; chairman of the national advisory council; two representatives or officials of the national youth congress; two other representatives of the national women congress; UP legislators of the county and all eight elected county officers.
These decisions are imbedded in the Party’s Constitution, particularly on Article xv, Section 2 of the May 2010 Constitution.
UP Secretary-General Wilmont Paye has endorsed these decisions because according to him, the Party runs on the motto, “One Nation, One People with Liberty and Justice for All.”