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McCartney denies DNA is falling apart

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney quashed claims yesterday that his party is losing stability given the recent departure of former DNA candidates Philip Thomas and Sammie ‘Starr’ Poitier.

McCartney insisted the DNA is only getting “stronger and stronger”.

Thomas, who was the DNA’s candidate for High Rock, and Poitier, who was the candidate for South Beach, are no longer with the DNA.

The recent departure of the two candidates has fuelled speculation, especially on social media websites, that more candidates will leave the DNA.

But McCartney, who spoke at a press conference at his law firm, Halsbury Chambers, on Village Road yesterday, said, “It’s not falling apart at all; It’s growing every day and getting stronger and stronger.

“We’ve been in existence for six months, we’ve made history in six months and we have become a major party within a six-month period.

“It’s all political, I think, when people say you’re falling apart.  We made decisions with regards to two candidates…in relation to their performance thus far in the constituencies.  We’ve issued a press statement in relation to this and the fact of the matter is their candidacy was revoked.”

The DNA’s statement released on November 30 read, “Unfortunately, some of those candidates originally nominated are unable to smoothly transition and adjust to the massive undertaking of electoral politics.

“Therefore, the DNA’s candidates’ committee has decided that this election cycle may not be the best time for them to pursue public office.”

McCartney added yesterday, “I think there may be people who would wish to see the DNA fall apart. There are many people who say we’re falling apart, but these are the same people who said we would be dead on arrival; sorry we’re just getting started.”

However, Starr claimed that his relationship with the DNA was strained after he was denied “more involvement in national DNA events, national party support in our team efforts and of course financial support”, which indicated to him that the DNA lacked confidence in his candidacy.

“In short, I was thrown under the bus and rolled over twice, with no regard for how this would affect my credibility, my reputation and of course my family,” said Starr in statement released on the popular social network website, Facebook.

McCartney reiterated that DNA candidates are expected to attend weekly briefings, submit monthly reports and participate in a number of initiatives, again inferring both Starr and Thomas failed to do so.

He explained that the DNA is “run like a business” and when candidates do not perform to the expectations of the party, the DNA will look elsewhere “for the best persons to do it”.

“We would anticipate that if you’re having difficulties doing certain things as a candidate, if you become a member of parliament you’ll probably have even more difficulty doing it,” McCartney said.

“Persons can have their candidacy revoked right up to the time they pay their $400 (to officially nominate as a candidate in an election) and this is nothing new; this has happened in many parties before.”

McCartney indicated that the DNA will announce other candidates “in short order” and a candidate will be positioned to run in each of the 38 constituencies.

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