#TurksandCaicosIslands – PNP FULL STATEMENT — On Wednesday, 18th September 2019, the Progressive National Party (PNP), announced a slate of 15 candidates for the upcoming general election. Today, we regret to inform you that candidate for ED2, Grand Turk South, Pedro Ariza and candidate for ED10, Wheeland, Dameko Dean have decided to step aside.
On Friday, 10th January 2020, we were informed that Mr. Dean had been formally charged with offences relating to the Claims and Objections process for the upcoming general election. Due to the seriousness of the matter, Mr. Dean, who maintains his innocence, has decided that it would be best for him, his family, and for the people of Wheeland, to step away from frontline politics at this time in order to focus on addressing the charges and clearing his name.
While it is unfortunate, we recognize that Mr. Dean must do what is best for him and his family at this time. We would like to thank Mr. Dean for all his hard work and dedication to the people of Wheeland, the Turks & Caicos in general, and to the PNP; and we will be keeping him in our prayers.
As this matter is very serious and sensitive, the party will not be making any further public statements on it at this time.
Mr. Ariza has stepped down due to personal reasons. In keeping with the party’s constitution, we will be filling the two vacancies through a selection and nomination process soon.
Press Release January 15, 2020