NDP Release Convention Details
Charlottetown – Prince Edward Island NDP members will be voting on the provincial party’s direction in two separate conventions in 2012. The party has announced that in addition to their annual convention on May 25-26, they will be holding a leadership convention some time in October.
The decision came after a recent council meeting in which the strategy of holding two conventions was recommended by both the Provincial Executive and the Convention Planning Committee. The Provincial Council agreed that holding an October convention in an effort to allow candidates the proper time to prepare and campaign was best for all sides. Details about the rules and dates in October for the leadership race are forthcoming.
The NDP’s annual policy convention will be held May 25th and 26th at the St. Paul’s Church Hall on Prince Street. In an effort to revitalize itself, the party will use the convention to review and elect the entirety of its executive, look at adopting a new constitution, and focus on continuing to build in light of recent growth.
The NDP took 3.2% of the vote in the October 2011 Provincial Election and only five months later are now polling at 11% according to a recent CRA poll. Outgoing Leader James Rodd saw his personal popularity increase by 2% in light of his recent announcement that he would not re-offer for Leader at the convention in May. The party will decide at the same convention whether to elect an Interim Leader or leave the position vacant until October’s Leadership Convention.
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