JLP ea­ger to con­trol St Ann Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Ro­mario Scott Gleaner Writer ro­mario.scott@glean­erjm.com

AS THE elec­tion tem­per­a­ture rises, Labourites in St Ann were on Sunday told that come the night of Novem­ber 28, a Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) can­di­date will be set to take up of­fice as mayor for the St Ann Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. Shahine Robin­son, the mem­ber of par­lia­ment for North East St Ann, told ju­bi­lant sup­port­ers that the JLP can­di­dates were work­ing in the field and she had the con­fi­dence that the party will again take con­trol of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

It was, how­ever, said that the can­di­dates would need the full sup­port of work­ers and sym­pa­this­ers to se­cure vic­tory at the polls.

She cau­tioned sup­port­ers and can­di­dates that the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion was not one that should be taken lightly.

“They (can­di­dates) now need you to carry them over the fin­ish line. They will be count­ing on every­one you on the 28th of Novem­ber to make sure you put the X be­side the bell,” Robin­son a throng of sup­port­ers at the Mar­cus Gar­vey Tech­ni­cal High School in St Ann’s Bay.

ELEC­TORATE WISE

She said that the Ja­maican elec­torate is wise and ed­u­cated and, as such, she has warned JLP can­di­dates not to make prom­ises that they can­not ful­fil.

Robin­son, who is also the min­is­ter of so­cial se­cu­rity, also told sup­port­ers that the peo­ple have been ne­glected by Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party-con­trolled lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. She said coun­cil­lors had an im­por­tant role to play in gov­ern­ment and called on sup­port­ers to boot non­per­form­ing coun­cil­lors from of­fice. “Coun­cil­lors are im­por­tant. They are the link be­tween the mem­ber of par­lia­ment and what is hap­pen­ing on the ground with the peo­ple. I de­pend on them. My job will be eas­ier when I have a coun­cil­lor in the Lime Hall di­vi­sion. It will be eas­ier when I have a coun­cil­lor in the Ocho Rios di­vi­sion,” she said. The four-term MP said she had no doubt that the JLP will sweep the Ex­change and the St Ann’s Bay di­vi­sions.

CON­FI­DENT

Out­spo­ken JLP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ever­ald Warm­ing­ton was also on hand to give sup­port to the can­di­dates. Warm­ing­ton said he was con­fi­dent that the JLP would again de­feat the PNP at the polls. He told sup­port­ers not feel weary if things are not hap­pen­ing as q u i c k l y a s t h e y an­tic­i­pated be­cause, ac­cord­ing to him, “it takes a long time to cor­rect the mess that we found [which] was left by the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party”. “Ev­ery Labourite should be happy. All Labourites should walk strong be­cause the Ja­maica Labour Party is here to de­fend you,” he said. The South West St Cather­ine MP also said to sup­port­ers that they should for­get about what t h e y did not get in­di­vid­u­ally, but should look to­wards se­cur­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for the coun­try through the JLP.

“Think about your chil­dren and your chil­dren’s chil­dren. For­get about the ben­e­fit to­day and think about what you will do [for them],” he said.

He again re­it­er­ated that he will not give ex­clu­siv­ity to mem­bers of par­lia­ment and coun­cil­lors while he ex­e­cutes his du­ties as state min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for works in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation.

He said any cit­i­zens can con­tact him to voice their con­cerns about the state of their com­mu­nity’s in­fra­struc­ture.

ROBIN­SON

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