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The general secretary of the people’s progressive party Donald Ramotar today said that the party’s presidential candidate process is moving apace. But now that the process is underway it seems clouded in more secrecy that the secret ballots that some of the nominees are pushing for. Today Ramotar told Capitol News that the process has begun. He would offer no details and refused to confirm reports that the candidates have started presenting their cases before the party’s executive committee. 

Reports surfaced last evening that two of the candidates were locked in presentation mode on Monday as they spoke face to face with fellow members of the executive about why they see themselves as the best choice. Ramotar would not say who the candidates were but when pressed about whether he has presented his case he asked how do we know that he has not done so already.

Capitol News was told that the PPP Executive committee meeting took place at the Office of the President and not Freedom House where the party’s executive members usually meet. Its not clear why such a move was made. 
Reports state that President Jagdeo was among the committee members capitol news was listening to the presentations. The president has been involved in public spat with at least one member of PPP over how the party should choose the candidate, whether by secret ballot or show of hands. 
Jagdeo embraces the show of hands method while some other members believe that for a party that preaches a lot about democracy and democratic norms, secret balloting would be the only way to go.
The PPP’s central and executive committees with their 35 members will have the final say on who will lead the party’s charge into the elections. And the party will also be looking for a prime ministerial candidate as Prime Minister Samuel Hinds gets ready to call it a day in active politics. It is unlikely that the prime ministerial candidate will come from the civic group since the party now sees the PPP and the civic group as one and may do away with that 20 year agreement that the civic group will provide the prime ministerial candidate. 

Police investigators are probing the death of a young mother who reportedly jumped off of the demerara harbor bridge during a heated argument with her husband. The man jumped to his wife’s rescue but got injured in the process and was unable to save her. The body of the woman who has been identified as Nalinie De Agrella of La Grange was found this morning. The husband was taken into custody for questioning after he received medical attention.


Investigators are trying to find out exactly what may have forced the apparent suicide other than the argument and whether there was something more to the case. Capitol News understands that the investigators intend to focus on all possible angles of the case.


 

The general secretary of the people’s progressive party Donald Ramotar today said that the party’s presidential candidate process is moving apace. But now that the process is underway it seems clouded in more secrecy that the secret ballots that some of the nominees are pushing for. Today Ramotar told capitol news that the process has begun. He would offer no details and refused to confirm reports that the candidates have started presenting their cases before the party’s executive committee. 

Reports surfaced last evening that two of the candidates were locked in presentation mode on Monday as they spoke face to face with fellow members of the executive about why they see themselves as the best choice. Ramotar would not say who the candidates were but when pressed about whether he has presented his case he asked how do we know that he has not done so already.

Capitol News was told that the PPP Executive committee meeting took place at the Office of the President and not Freedom House where the party’s executive members usually meet. Its not clear why such a move was made. 


Reports state that President Jagdeo was among the committee members capitol news was listening to the presentations. The president has been involved in public spat with at least one member of PPP over how the party should choose the candidate, whether by secret ballot or show of hands. 


Jagdeo embraces the show of hands method while some other members believe that for a party that preaches a lot about democracy and democratic norms, secret balloting would be the only way to go.


The PPP’s central and executive committees with their 35 members will have the final say on who will lead the party’s charge into the elections. And the party will also be looking for a prime ministerial candidate as Prime Minister Samuel Hinds gets ready to call it a day in active politics. It is unlikely that the prime ministerial candidate will come from the civic group since the party now sees the PPP and the civic group as one and may do away with that 20 year agreement that the civic group will provide the prime ministerial candidate.

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