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Feb 7, 2020

Media Restriction Aims to Prevent Campaigning, Says Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

It is well acknowledged that the election of the person, who wants to lead the U.D.P. and ultimately the country, should not be a closed event. Despite the restrictions, News Five will be there and intends to provide continuous coverage. Faber says that the decision of the national party council was informed by a need to prevent active campaigning from taking place during the process.


Patrick Faber, Deputy Party Leader, U.D.P.

“Im not sure that the intention of the party is to block out the media in such a way that you have no business in what were doing here, but I think it is more the fact that it is a very heated convention.  The election to a large extent is an internal matter and while some may argue that it is a national matter because we know that this person may well become the leader of the country, not only the party, but it is a selection process that is an internal thing and given the heat of this convention and the way that things have been flaring I suspect that the general viewpoint was that we ought not take a chance of broadcasting our dirty laundry, especially as it relates to that time period where the campaigning and the voting will be done.  It shouldn’t be campaigning, strictly speaking, but you know theres no getting away from that.  There will be some maneuvering on the convention floor, I am sure, to try to get, to try to jostle those last-minute voters who may still be undecided which I would imagine are few.”

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