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Tracy Taegar-Panton explains recall mechanism: ‘Delegates cannot withdraw signatures from petition once submitted’

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2022. 11:12 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Delegates of the United Democratic Party (UDP) who have chosen to sign the petition to trigger the recall of Party Leader Moses “Shyne” Barrow will have to commit to their decision, according to the Party’s Constitution.

Today, Tracy Taegar Panton took to social media to explain the recall mechanism which was triggered on Friday, October 21, in an effort to usurp Barrow’s leadership. Panton explained that Article 8(7) of the UDP Constitution allows for a Recall Mechanism to be triggered once the requisite threshold is reached (172 signatures from the delegate pool) and that Vice Chairman Alberto August managed to submit a total of 201 signatures on Friday.

Party Chairman Michael Peyrefitte has the responsibility of vetting the signatures, setting a date for the recall convention, and establishing the ground rules/guidelines for the convention. She noted that the last time the ReCall Mechanism was triggered, the process of vetting signatures took a maximum of two days.

“Whether such a petition is successful or not successful will be determined at the ReCall Convention,” Panton said. “There is no provision in the UDP Constitution that allows for signatures to be retracted once such a petition has been filed.”

Ultimately, Barrow’s fate as Party Leader will be decided by 516 delegates from 31 constituencies. His opponents need 344 votes (2/3 of the delegates) in favor of the petition to have him recalled.

 

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