Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Carolyn 'ready to get to work'

New political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan says she is ready to get to work and get started on rebuilding the party and bridging the disconnect with its supporters.

A total of 589 votes were cast in the party’s internal election which was held Sunday night. Two ballots were spoiled while three were rejected.

Seepersad-Bachan received 416 votes to contender Sharon Gopaul-McNicols’ 168 votes.

Gopaul-McNicols conceded the election by phone call to Seepersad-Bachan.

Speaking with LoopTT today, the newly elected COP leader said the legal action overshadowed the election and caused uncertainty amongst its membership.

She said the legal issues presented challenges and led to a very low voter turnout as there was uncertainty over the date when the election would be held.  

The new COP leader said she is prepared to work past those challenges and take on the hard work of rebuilding the party.

Seepersad-Bachan indicated that the party would also be seeking to address the issue of its disconnect with its membership through the reestablishment of community circles as soon as possible to avoid a top-down governance structure.

“We will be moving around the country…these community circles will become the hub of activity for our party, and all of the organs within the party will be supporting the community with these activities.”

She also revealed the proposed launch of a series of discussions called the ‘Solution Series’, which will focus on creating a space for young people to come forward and offer solutions to problems.

She said the COP will advocate for the creation of opportunities for the country’s young talent.

The COP leader also intends to engage faith-based organisations, the civil society and non-governmental organisations to assist in bringing forward solutions to issues facing Trinidad and Tobago.

She said there would not be any ‘maximum leader’ within the party, but rather a leadership team which would be put together and tasked with working on taking the party forward, especially as the citizenry is calling out for a change to its ‘leadership crisis’.

“We want to develop a cadre of leaders with principle-centred leadership skills, especially in accordance with the practice and culture of good governance. If we can develop that in our own party we can take it forward to the nation.  

This is how we will practice good governance and good leadership for our country.”

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