PLP on Election of Officers, Conference

Every four years, the positions of PLP Party Leader and Deputy Party Leader are open for election, any of the current MPs can put their name up for election for the positions, which are voted on at the PLP’s annual general conference, which this year will be held from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, the PLP said.

The leader of the ruling party is the Prime Minister, so in effect the vote is on who will be Prime Minister and the PLP currently has 30 MPs who can stand for election if they wish.

The current leader of the PLP is David Burt, who is the oldest PLP Prime Minister in history. [over 5 years]and the longest serving prime minister since Sir John Swan, who served from 1982 to 1995 [over 13 years] under the former UBP.

A party statement said: “There have been several recent reports in the local media that have provided inaccurate and misleading information to the Bermuda public regarding the Bermuda Progressive Labor Party internal elections. It is important for us to clarify this.

“Every four years, the positions of party leader and deputy party leader are up for election. Other Party leadership positions become vacant every two years.

“Any of the Members currently serving in the House of Assembly may submit their name for election as Party Leader or Deputy Party Leader. These positions are voted on at the PLP’s annual general conference. [popularly referred to as the Delegates Conference]. This year’s conference will be held from October 19 to October 22.

“The PLP constitution is the governing document of the party, and any amendments must be ratified by a two-thirds vote at an annual general conference or special general conference before being implemented. The Party Constitution is available on our website for download, and we invite those interested to access it. To access it, please click on this link: here

“No one, including the party leader, has the unilateral ability to change the party constitution or any other party rules. Any reports or sources citing this are inaccurate, misleading and, unfortunately, considered malicious.

“To be clear, there have been no amendments to the PLP constitution regarding the leadership elections for the next conference. Eligible candidates for voting positions must submit their names and meet all requirements by September 28, 2022, in accordance with the Party Constitution.

“The Bermuda Progressive Labor Party regards these elections as internal party matters. In this regard, no further comment is expected until September 28, 2022, when the names of all PLP MPs running for the positions of Leader and Deputy Leader will be shared with the country.

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