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Nov 5, 2015

New Leader Will Be Selected at a National Convention

Francis Fonseca

According to Fonseca, his departure will create a vacuum in the leadership of the party that is expected to be filled via a national convention at a time that is yet to be set.  A post mortem of the general elections is also anticipated and factors, including the party’s performances at the polls prior to November fourth, will be carefully considered in determining the cause of the loss.

 

Francis Fonseca, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“The chairman will oversee that process moving forward and yes, ultimately that process will end with the holding of a national convention or a special convention at which there is the election of a new leader of the People’s United Party.”

 

Reporter

“In addition to that, is there any plans for an internal review by the party of this particular election campaign?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Of course, yeah.  Of course, of course.  We certainly have to do a proper analysis of the election results constituency by constituency; a national analysis.  Clearly, we do that after every election with a view to ensuring that we understand the weaknesses, the strengths, the weakness and, you know, based on that analysis we are then able to better plan.  The hope is to better plan for the future.  So certainly we will do that as a party.  Certainly in the weeks and months ahead.”

 

Reporter

“And then finally, your reaction looking at the results.  You were within two seats last time and then slipped back, obviously the bye-elections may have had something to do with that.  But you were able to gain seats in the city at the expense of some seats in the districts.  Do you think voter transfer and registration had any role to play in that exchange?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Yeah. I think that will form a part of the analysis but clearly, yes, clearly, those are significant factors.  There was a significant movement of voters into particular constituencies but as a political party you have to be prepared for those things.  You have to respond to them, you have to fight them.  You know, I always tell people we can complain and whine and warn and bring these things to the attention of the nation but when the elections are over there is very little you can do about fundamentally changing how these things are done unless you are the government.”

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