by Linda Straker
- NNP party will not have convention until leadership is satisfied they are ready
- Dr Mitchell prepared to remain as party leader if delegates vote for him
- NNP received a total of 28,960 votes and won 6 seats during the 2022 General Election
Dr Keith Mitchell, Political Leader of the New National Party (NNP) said that his party lost the June 2022 General Election because they had lost ground. The party will not have a convention to elect a new executive until the leadership is satisfied that they are ready for a convention.
“You have to organise your party before you go to a convention. The convention is the final event, especially when you are talking about changing of the guards, and that’s possible, so the organisation must be in place, and the executive of the party, the leadership of the party, makes those decisions,” he said in a news conference on 5 September. “I get the impression that some people feel is one of us, or two of us in the party making a decision.”
Dr Mitchell promised that he would give up the leadership at the upcoming convention but is prepared to remain if the delegates vote for him to continue as the party leader.
“To go and have a convention without organising your party and putting structures in place will be absolutely politically backward and foolish, and we don’t operate in that manner. We are on the ground,” he said.
Dr Mitchell admits his party lost the June 2022 General Election because they had lost the ground. “And it was our fault, in the lack of organisation, the lack of contact with the ground that we lost, but the work is taking place now. I cannot tell you that I am extremely happy with the work in every single area, but we are certainly working and will continue to do so,” he said, pointing out that losing the ground was tantamount to gifting the general election to the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The ruling National Democratic Congress won the election with 9 seats and 31,432 votes, while the New National Party lost by 2,472 votes. The NNP received a total of 28,960 votes and won 6 seats.