February 11, 2005
Sir James to speak at NDP convention

Party founder and former Prime Minister, Sir James Mitchell is expected to deliver an address when the New Democratic Party (NDP) holds its next convention on February 20.

“…..You’d understand, quite naturally, how fitting it is, on the 30th anniversary, where the founder of the party will address the convention”, Public Relations Officer, Israel Bruce told Searchlight Tuesday .{{more}}

The NDP is also expected to honour some of its stalwarts this month as part of its activities to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Israel Bruce said that the honouring ceremony will form part of the party’s convention on February 20.

“The convention will see also the honouring of persons who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the New Democratic Party over the years. You’d be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the New Democratic Party,” Bruce stated.

The opening ceremony of the convention will also hear addresses from president and political leader, Arnhim Eustace and chairman Jeremiah Scott.

Meanwhile, all posts on the NDP executive will be up for grabs at the party’s convention.

“We’re going to be having elections. The various posts of the party are up for election. And, quite naturally, being a democratic organization, the entire process is going to be as democratic as we can possibly offer it, to make sure that persons who are desirous of being elected and those who are in support of the broad membership are the ones who will ultimately be elected to the offices”.

Bruce added that there have been constitutional changes for the party since the last convention. He explained that the party’s president will now be elected “directly by the convention” instead of the process of a “parliamentary caucus”.

“I can assure you that we will have a very smooth, free and fair elections,” Bruce said.