JLP and PNP agree to lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­bates

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE JA­MAICA Labour Party (JLP) and the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) yes­ter­day agreed to par­tic­i­pate in two na­tion­ally tele­vised, broad­casted and streamed lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­bates to be or­gan­ised by the Ja­maica De­bates Com­mis­sion and staged be­tween nom­i­na­tion day and elec­tion day when the elec­tions are an­nounced.

The agree­ment was reached at the of­fices of the com­mis­sion, where the JLP was rep­re­sented by Del­roy Wil­liams, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the party’s sec­re­tar­iat, and PNP Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Ju­lian Robin­son.

The par­ties also agreed that the two de­bates would in­volve teams of three mem­bers each, with the three mem­bers be­ing a mix of ei­ther mem­bers of the Houses of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives or lo­cal gov­ern­ment can­di­dates.

Each de­bate will be for 90 min­utes and will be mod­er­ated and have ques­tions posed by a panel of jour­nal­ists.

This is the sec­ond time the com­mis­sion is stag­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­bates. Be­fore the last parochial elec­tions, one team de­bate was staged at the stu­dios of the Cre­ative Pro­duc­tion and Train­ing Cen­tre in Kingston.

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