A recent survey shows that Patricia Scotland is going to hold her seat again as Commonwealth Secretary-General as she is becoming popular among member states. The conclusions of the survey are based on thorough research carried out within the entire 54 Commonwealth nations that elect the Secretary-General for a term of “four years”.
According to the reports, despite visiting several Commonwealth countries, Kamina Johnson Smith – Jamaica’s Candidate for Commonwealth Secretary-General, still did not manage to get the sufficient support of many nations.
The survey report also reads that Scotland’s bid for reappointment for a second term for another 4 years is collectively supported.
The Commonwealth leaders are entitled to appoint Secretary-General and can serve a maximum of two terms of four years each.
In 2016, Scotland joined the office, but due to the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the elections were postponed, and her second term will now end in 2024. She made a major breakthrough for gender equality in the Commonwealth after taking office, and she is the first lady to hold the position.
The decision regarding Secretary-General’s appointment is to be declared during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is scheduled to take place from 20th to 25th June 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The appointment has become a huge topic of discussion and created a debate between the two candidates and their respective countries. The announcement of Jamaica’s candidature of Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, for the top position became the initiation point of the discussion.
Moreover, in her interview in Kigali, Scotland exclaimed that she is earning a favourable response daily, and more than half of the countries are responding in endorsement of her. Scotland further stated she is excited as well as delighted, and she hopes the result will come in her favour.
Scotland’s leadership has garnered a lot of support all over the world, and the entire Caribbean region felt proud of the appointment of the first lady as a Secretary-General. Her supervision over the years helped the Commonwealth to enhance its various skills significantly.
As per various sources, Prime Minister of United Kingdom – Boris Johnson, has been supporting opposition candidate as Patricia Scotland was the minister of UK Labour’s Party. Sources have also stated that, UK PM Johnson has been propagating against Scotland as he wanted to oust her from her role of Commonwealth Secretary General.
Moreover, according to the reports by experts, Scotland is a perfect candidate for the position of Secretary-General, stating that she remains committed to her work.
Scotland expressed her hope that the Rwanda conference would come out as a great moment for the whole Commonwealth. However the meeting was first scheduled to take place in June 2020, but due to the coronavirus, the meeting was postponed.