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OBA vote to keep Premier

Members of the One Bermuda Alliance have voted to change the party's constitution to extend Premier Craig Cannonier's term of leadership from two to four years.

The two-day voting process closed last night.

OBA Chairman Thad Hollis said he was hardly surprised by the decision, although he would not disclose the number of votes cast, or the number of members who voted.

“We were asking the members if they would extend to a four-year period the term of party leader and deputy leader,” Mr Hollis said. “The two year appointment of party chairman and deputy chairman will remain unchanged.”

As a result of the vote he said: “We expanded the candidate selection committee membership and improved processes for candidate selection, and standing committee procedures.

“At the end of the two-day voting process we had a good number of the members turn out and a new constitution has been approved by the majority of the votes cast; which is what we expected.”

Moving forward he said all systems are go for the OBAs executive elections on Saturday, October 19 at the Fairmont Southampton at 7pm.

“We now have the support of the members with this new robust constitution and with that we will now have elections for top executive positions under these new procedures,” said Mr Hollis.

“Our conference is also a celebration of two years of the OBA and we're going to be exercising the democratic process that we were founded under.”

He dismissed any rumblings of a leadership challenge on October 19 as pure speculation.

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Published September 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 21, 2013 at 12:02 am)

OBA vote to keep Premier

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