…satisfied with Congress preparations, processBy Michael YoungeLongstanding People’s National Congress Reform Executive Member Thandi McAllister on Tuesday vowed to strengthen her party while working to advance the interests of women and youth across the country by focusing on the implementation of socio-economic policies that would lead to their overall empowerment, should she become the party’s next Vice Chairman at its upcoming Congress.Thandi McAllisterMcAllister, speaking with the Guyana Times during an interview, said she believes she has acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge over the past two decades to function effectively as that party’s next Vice Chairperson, having served her party at various levels.“I have come through the ranks. I have served”, she stated, while explaining that she is not just merely interested in clinching the nod from the delegates to serve as the party’s VC, but is more concerned about continuing the rich legacy of the PNC/R and its founding principles.“I want to make a meaningful contribution to the formulation of party policies which will eventually impact national policy,” the 36-year-old Maritime attorney-at-law explained during the interview.Asked if she were selected to serve what she would do differently, McAllister insisted that it wasn’t about changing the way things are done if there is no need to at the moment, but moreso ensuring that there is continuity of the work of the Office of Vice Chairman of the PNC/R.She admitted that she has seen party delegates and other party members since accepting the nomination to vie for the post of PNC/R VC. So far, McAllister confirmed, there have been meetings and engagements held with representatives from Regions Three and Six.The PNC/R Executive also explained that other engagements are scheduled to take place in Regions Two, Four Seven and Nine.“I have been meeting the delegates. We have been engaging them on a number of matters. I intend to continue these meetings,” McAllister noted.Questioned as to whether she was concerned that there were other experienced candidates who might receive the nod ahead of her, the lawyer responded in the negative. She insisted that the PNC/R Congress was about democracy and respecting the right of all financial members to run for high office in order to serve if they were nominated.“This is not a divisive race; this is about party democracy, and the election of office bearers will reflect the truly democratic nature of the PNC/R as a political party. Competition is nothing new within the PNC”, she remarked.She accepted that running for the post requires hard work, but explained that she is excited and upbeat throughout the experience because the support from delegates has been overwhelming.“I think that I have gathered support from the base, and that’s important”, she confessed.McAllister joined the PNC in 1994 at the age of 12. She commenced participating in the activities of the Guyana Youth and Student Movement (GYSM) in the village of Uitvlugt, WCD, and in 1996 secured membership of the now PNCR as a member of the GYSM, serving the GYSM as National Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. She is currently the CEC Representative of Region 3.Soon after accepting the nomination to run for VC, she said in a social media post, “I am both humbled and honoured that its membership has expressed confidence in my ability to function as a Vice Chairperson”.McAllister graduated as valedictorian at International Maritime Administration’s (IMO) International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI). McAllister is a Legal Officer attached to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD). The class of 2017-2018 comprised students from 41 different countries.When it comes to Vice Chairmanship, there are seven other nominees. They are Volda Lawrence, Joseph Harmon, Dr George Norton, Annette Ferguson, James Bond, Winston Felix, and overseas-based Cosbert Roberts. The PNC’s Biennial Delegates Congress to elect a new Chairperson is slated for August 17-19, 2018.
Joe McHugh is facing protests this eveningANTI-austerity campaigners have chosen a community awards event to target Donegal Junior Minister Joe McHugh over water charges.The controversial move comes from the ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ group.It says it will stage a protest against water charges outside the Mount Errigal Hotel tonight at 6pm where Minister McHugh will attend the Cleaner Community Awards. A spokesperson for Can’t Pay Won’t Pay defended the decision to target the Fine Gael TD at a community awards event.Anti-austerity campaigners were heavily criticised after a protest outside a school in Milford two years ago when eggs were thrown at Taoiseach Enda Kenny.“The government is currently debating how they will get people to pay water charges, following the huge protests. It has been reported that they are considering a €100 bribe to get people to register, along with cuts in the levels of the charges,” said Francis McCafferty.“We want to send a message to Minister McHugh that it doesn’t matter what schemes they will come up, we are determined not to pay their charges. “We know only too well that whatever sweeteners are offered now, they will be withdrawn in the future and the charges will rise. We are not looking for clarity or reassurance, we want the charges withdrawn.”McCafferty added: “We are asking people to join our protest tonight and send Minister McHugh a strong message to take back to his government that many people in Donegal have already decided to join the boycott of water charges.”Gardaí are expected to be at the hotel in large numbers. WATER CHARGES PROTESTORS TO TARGET McHUGH AT COMMUNITY AWARDS EVENT was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Can’t Pay Won’t Paycommunity awardshotelIrish WaterJoe McHughprotest