Imani Duncan-Price takes PNP chairmanship in Central Kingston
Imani Duncan-Price on Saturday beat back the challenges of four of her fellow Comrades to emerge victor in the selection race for the chairmanship of the Central Kingston constituency.
She will replace the four-term Member of Parliament (MP), Ronald Thwaites, who has indicated that he will be quitting representational politics at the end of his current term.
Central Kingston has been a safe seat for the People’s National Party (PNP).
Some 582 delegates were eligible to vote on Saturday, but only 461 actually cast their ballot. At the end of the day, 242 delegates voted for Duncan-Price; 174 cast their ballots for Raymond Pryce; Paul Buchanan received 40 votes; Donald Jackson got three, and Joan Porteous two.
The results were announced just after 4:00 p.m. by PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson.
Duncan-Price is the daughter of former PNP heavyweight, Dr DK Duncan. She is a businesswoman and a former senator. She is currently the Chief of Staff in the Office of Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips.
The former Miss Jamaica Universe said she intends to use her business savvy to bring much-needed development to the constituency. She has already launched an initiative for small entrepreneurs in the constituency, to help them access loans to expand their businesses.
Duncan-Price previously made an attempt to enter the House of Representatives when she contested and lost the East Rural St Andrew seat to the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness in the 2016 General Elections.
Duncan-Price is now poised to enter Gordon House after the next elections, on the basis of the traditional dominance of the PNP in Central Kingston.
The constituency has been previously represented by such PNP stalwarts as former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, and former Mayor of Kingston, Ralph Brown.