CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

 

GENERAL NOTICE – Call for proposal on constitutional amendments

 

DATED: 23RD November 2021
SUBJECT: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
TO:  Central Council Members; Association Chairmen & Secretaries, and Party Members

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that the Central Council of the Free National Movement has resolved that a full convention for all matters (*other than the election for the post of leader) commence on the 24th day of February 2022.

THEREFORE pursuant to Article 65 of the Free National Movement’s Constitution as amended (2016):– Any proposed alterations or amendments to the Constitution must be submitted to the Secretary General not less than fifty-six (56) days prior to the date set for the convening of a Convention.

YOU ARE HEREBY advised to submit any proposed alterations or amendments to the Constitution by 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 30th, 2021. Submissions may be delivered to the party’s headquarters to the attention of the Secretary General. Delivery may also be effected by email to [email protected]

Digital copies of our party’s constitution may be reviewed at www.fnmbahamas.org. Paper copies of the constitution are available in limited supply at our National Headquarters, Mackey Street, NP. Please assist us in lessening the burden on our environment by utilizing the digital version of the document and only printing if you have to.*election for the post of leader will be held on November 27th 2021

 

Faithfully yours, Secretary General

Serfent E. J. Rolle
The subject and nature of this notice is classified as public and shareable.

MEMORANDUM 3

 

DATED: 23RD November 2021

SUBJECT: Special Convention– Election of Party Leader

TO: Central Council Members; Association Chairmen & Secretaries

 

Delegates registration & credentials

 

Preparations continue towards the Saturday, November 27th Leadership Convention to be held at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Stapledon, New Providence.

Delegates to the convention may collect their credential packages as follows:

From the party’s headquarters Mackey Street, NP Wednesday 24, November – 10:00am – 5:00pm Thursday 25, November – 10:00am – 5:00pm Friday 26, November – 10:00am – 5:00pm

OR

At the convention site, Holy Trinity Activities Centre

Saturday 27, November – 8:00am – 2:00pm

  1. To collect credentials you must be a delegate, and present your government issued photo
  2. New Providence based delegates are encouraged to register and collect their credentials by taking advantage of the services provided at the party’s headquarters on Wednesday through
  3. ONLY delegates to the convention are entitled to vote at the Delegates to the convention are persons who are listed in the following categories:

 

  • Meritorious Council Members,
  • National Party Officers,
  • Executive Committee Members,
  • FNM Senators,
  • FNM Members of Parliament,
  • Former Leaders,
  • Former Deputy Leaders,
  • Former Chairmen,
  • Candidates in the 2021 election,
  • Advisory Councilors,
  • Women’s Association delegates,
  • Torchbearers Youth Association delegates,
  • Constituency Association delegates,
  • Council Representatives, and
  • Council Members generally.

 

Faithfully yours, Secretary General Serfent E. J. Rolle

 *The subject and nature of this memorandum is classified as public and shareable

MEMORANDUM 2

2021 – CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

DATED: 15th November 2021

SUBJECT: Special Convention– Election of Party Leader

TO: Central Council Members; Association Chairmen & Secretaries.

You are advised that today November 15th 2021 is the DEADLINE for:

  1. Submission of delegate forms to the November 27th, 2021, Leadership Convention, from ALL constituency Associations and any affiliate organization.
  2. The payment of any dues needed to place a delegate in the category of financial good standing with the party.

I. Said dues being $36.00 for the preceding year for ALL delegates from Constituency Associations inclusive of the Council Representative. Further, that dues for Central Council Members are $60.00 for the preceding year.

II. Meritorious Council Members are exempt from the payment of any dues required to place a delegate in the category of financial good standing as it relates to the November 2021, and February 2022 conventions. This exemption was unanimously ratified by resolution of the Central Council on November 4th 2021.

An inquiry desk has been opened at our Party’s Headquarters, Mackey Street, NP. The inquiry desk is specifically opened to assist delegates, and Central Council Members with queries about their financial status with the party.

For clarity we wish to advise the following categories of persons that their dues must be paid in FULL for the preceding year to be considered a delegate in good standing and eligible to vote in the November 27th Convention. Such categories of persons being:

  • National Party Officers,
  • Elected and appointed Executive Committee Members,
  • FNM Senators,
  • FNM Members of Parliament,
  • Former Leaders,
  • Former Deputy Leaders,
  • Former Chairmen,
  • Candidates in the 2021 election,
  • Advisory Councilors,
  • Women’s Association delegates,
  • Torchbearers Youth Association delegates,
  • Constituency Association delegates,
  • Council Representatives, and
  • Council Members generally.

 

Faithfully yours,

Secretary General

Serfent E. J. Rolle

 

*The subject and nature of this memorandum is classified as public and shareable

MEMORANDUM 1

2021 – CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

DATED: 19th October 2021

SUBJECT: Special Convention– Election of Party Leader

TO: Central Council Members; Association Chairmen & Secretaries; Delegates.

 

AGENDA & MANDATE:

 

The Central Council of our Party has duly ratified that a special one-day (working) Convention be held on Saturday, 27th November 2021 at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Stapledon Gardens, New Providence, to facilitate the election for the post of Leader.

A Convention Committee has been duly constituted under the provisions and powers conferred by Articles 46 and 48(f)of our party’s Constitution. Specifically, to be responsible for organizing, regulating, and producing the party’s Convention. Members of the Committee are:

Co-Chairs

Ethan Adderley  – Deputy Treasurer 

Dr. Mildred Hall-Watson  – Meritorious Council Member

 

Members

Carl R. Culmer Sr.  – Chairman

Francis E. Sawyer – Deputy Chairman

Peter Turnquest   – Deputy Leader 

Serfent E. J. Rolle  – Secretary General

Dwight S.L. Sawyer  – Treasurer 

Denielle M. A. Miller  –  Torchbearers Executive Member

 

DELEGATES:

Constituency Associations are directed to inform Association Members and to coordinate the election of six (6) voting delegates (exclusive of the Central Council Representative) for each Constituency. It is a constitutional requirement that at least one of the delegates from the Constituency Association be 30 years of age or younger.

The National Women’s Association, and the National Torchbearers Youth Association are to elect six (6) voting delegates. The President, the Executive Members, and the Council Representatives of the affiliated organizations are already voting delegates to the Convention.

The names of all delegates should be submitted to the attention of the Secretary General at Party Headquarters, Mackey  Street, New Providence or via email to the Secretary General at [email protected] no later than Friday the 15th of November 2021. Please see the attached Delegate Submission Form. ALL delegates must be financial by the 15th of November.

Reasonable arrangements will be made for COVID testing, travel, accommodation, and board for delegates who reside outside of the Island of New Providence.

Founding Fathers, Meritorious Council Members, National Party Officers, Elected and appointed Executives, Senators, Members of Parliament, Former Leaders, Former Deputy Leaders, Former Chairmen, Candidates in the 2021 election, Advisory Councilors, Women’s Association delegates, Torchbearers Youth Association delegates, Constituency Association delegates, Council Representatives, and Council Members generally are all voting delegates to the Convention.

 

NOMINATIONS:

The nomination process for the post of Leader is now open and will close at 5:00 pm on the 18th day of November 2021. The Convention Committee, in exercise of its Constitutional authority, has determined that there will be no nominations entertained from the Convention floor, or otherwise received, after the close of nominations on the 18th of November 2021.

Candidates for the post of Leader must be nominated by at least 2 members of the Party. Both the candidate and the 2 Party members must be financial and in good standing before the close of nominations. Nomination Forms can be obtained from the National Party Headquarters or by contacting the Secretary General.

A certified list of candidates will be published on November 18th 2021.

Candidates and their designated Chief Agent will be invited to participate, in person or virtually, at a briefing on regulations, guidelines, and general processes on Friday the 19 th of November at 12:00 noon. At the said briefing a list of delegates to the Convention will be issued to all candidates and/or their designated Chief Agent.

 

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION:

 The Convention Secretariat is operational and located at our National Headquarters. Delegates, party members, and supporters are urged to pay attention to official information sources regarding the Convention. Details concerning locations, times, and other particulars can be verified and accessed through a convention link at www.fnmbahamas.org and through links on our Party’s official social media accounts.

*This memorandum is issued in compliance with Article 30(e) of the Free National Movement Constitution as amended in Convention 2016

 

Faithfully yours,

Secretary General

Serfent E. J. Rolle

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