Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday it would take an “egregious” act to prevent incumbent PLP MPs from being renominated for their constituencies in the next general election.
Monique Pindling, the youngest daughter of the former PLP leader the late Sir Lynden Pindling, is seeking the nomination for South Andros, the birth place of her mother, Dame Marguerite Pindling, and an area her father represented from 1967 to 1997.
PLP MP Picewell Forbes currently represents the constituency. He has represented the area since 2007.
When asked yesterday whether Pindling has a shot at being nominated, Davis replied, “She is a member of the Progressive Liberal Party and she seeks the nomination. The process is that we would determine who will be the person there.”
He continued, “All incumbents are the presumptive nominees of the party in the following election.”
Davis said two other people have expressed interest in running for the PLP in the constituency.
He said it is “not guaranteed” that the incumbents will be on the PLP’s ticket in the next general election.
“Presumptive means just that, that they are the presumptive nominee unless there is something egregious that will cause the National General Council to see otherwise, but it has to be something palpable,” Davis said.
Davis said all aspirants have been informed of the status of their application and what should be expected of the process, which he said will be fair.
He said the National General Council will recommend candidates to the party by the end of the year.
“We are hoping to complete the interview process for our candidates by the end of this month,” Davis said.
“Early into the next month will be the deliberations of the Candidates’ Committee and hopefully they will be making a recommendation to the National General Council for ratification and new calls.”
Four PLPs — Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin; Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper; Forbes and Davis, who represents Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador — won seats in the 2017 general election.
Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller was elected as a member of the Free National Movement.
He resigned from the party last December and joined the PLP in September 2020.