The United Workers Party (UWP) will know who its new political leader will be on September 1.
Outgoing leader of the party, Edison James, has announced that a delegates conference will be held in Castle Bruce which will address the election of officers, importantly, the election of a new political leader.
Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio on Thursday morning, James described the meeting as ‘important.’
“Of course in the context of there being a new political leader, we expect you will hear acceptance remarks from the new political leader,” he said.
A founding member of the UWP, James has indicated that he will not be seeking reelection as political leader at the upcoming conference.
He said there has been no nomination for the post, so far. “The process involves the nomination committee meeting and it will do so around the middle of August …it will make nominations with respect to the filling of various posts and there will be the opportunities for nomination on the floor,” he said.
However sources have revealed that Thomson Fontaine, Claudius Sanford, Ronnie Isidore and Lennox Linton have been discussed at the highest level in the party as possible candidates to take on the top job.
Of all the potential nominees, Linton, has been the most visible and talked out. During a press conference in July, James said the Constituency of Marigot, including himself, have identified him as a suitable person to be the candidate but made it clear that a new leader can only be selected by a delegates conference.
He did say however, that he supports Linton. “So it stands to reason to the extent that Mr. Linton’s name has surfaced in the context of the leadership effort, I think every body would be surprised, particularly the people of Marigot, if I didn’t support Mr. Linton,” he said.
Fontaine, on the other hand, appears to be more interested in running as UWP candidate for the Grand Fond/Riviere Cyrique Constituency at the next general election, according to sources.
Other activities expected at the delegates conference include an address by the president of the party, the reading of the minutes of the last delegates conference, a report from the general secretary of programs and activities for the past year and speeches by the president of the youth and women arms of the party, among others.
James told DBS on Thursday morning that the UWP is on the ‘verge of making a change.’ “Change is a must, as we have been saying, so it is a very important conference for us and for the country,” he said.