Monday 21 September, 2020

Henry-Wilson cites normalcy amid concerns in PNP by-election camp

Damion Crawford's campaign director Maxine Henry-Wilson talks to Loop News during the East Portland by-election on Thursday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Damion Crawford's campaign director Maxine Henry-Wilson talks to Loop News during the East Portland by-election on Thursday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Former People’s National Party (PNP) General Secretary, Maxine Henry-Wilson, the director for the Damion Crawford campaign for the East Portland by-election, painted a picture of normalcy with the proceedings up to 9:00 am on Thursday, as she sought to marshal her overall team from the party’s constituency office in Port Antonio.

Henry-Wilson said the campaign was being led further in the field by divisional heads Morais Guy, Natalie Neita, Donald Rhodd, DK Duncan and Fenton Ferguson.

In acknowledging the party’s relative limitations in terms of resources, Henry-Wilson said the PNP has been depending heavily on volunteerism among its workers, “who have been steadily available to us on the campaign”.

However, in outlining that a number of the volunteers were from outside the constituency and needed logistical support and direction to effectively execute their duties on the ground, Henry-Wilson perhaps involuntarily exposed the extent of the PNP’s organisational challenges on the ground.

However, she insisted that “all is well so far and we expect things to continue in the same vein going further into the day”. This was amidst increasingly loud whispers among party workers at numerous locations that the PNP was being generally outnumbered by opposing supporters on the ground.

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