WITH December 11, 2021 now set for the hosting of the long-overdue 22nd Biennial Congress for the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R), Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon, has confirmed that he will be running for his party’s leadership.
With nominations of candidates slated for November 11, it is clear that Harmon will be facing some opposition in the form of PNC/R grassroots leader, Aubrey Norton, who has already gotten the ball rolling with invitations to attend virtual ‘town hall’ meetings, and former head of the Guyana Water Incorporated, Dr. Van West Charles.
In a flyer published on his Facebook page, Harmon promised to lead the PNC/R with vision and compassion, and from the looks of his social media platforms, he has been garnering a healthy level of support.
As the Nomination Day approaches, all eyes will be scouting to see whether the party’s current leader and former President, David Granger, will be contesting the chair.
Many are also eagerly awaiting the news of whether the party’s Chairperson, Volda Lawrence, will also be contesting for the leadership post. As it is, Lawrence is said to have a healthy support base within the party. As a matter of fact, the last time Harmon campaigned for the position, he lost to Lawrence, a former Health Minister.
Another prospective contender for the position is Shadow Attorney-General, Roysdale Forde.
As it is, the PNC/R, formerly the PNC, is the largest party in the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Coalition, which joined forces with the Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) to contest the 2015 General and Regional Elections.
The Coalition managed to slip into power by a narrow margin following the 2015 elections but only served for three years before falling to a no-confidence motion, which it tried all its worth to nullify but failed.
It was eventually booted from office after a five-month-long attempt by elements at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to fix the results of the 2020 General and Regional Elections in their favour, failed.