PNP, JLP ready to bat­tle for KSAC

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

Par­ties ex­press con­fi­dence ahead of nom­i­na­tion ex­er­cise

THE COUN­TRY’S two main po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) and the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP), say that they are ready for to­day’s nom­i­na­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

To­day also marks the of­fi­cial start of their cam­paign­ing pe­riod and they are ex­press­ing con­fi­dence that they will reap suc­cess at the polls with the prized trophy be­ing the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion (KSAC).

Sit­ting mayor, the PNP’s An­gela Brown Burke, yes­ter­day told The Gleaner that all plans were in place and that the party would be nom­i­nat­ing 40 can­di­dates, 44 per cent of whom are said to be women.

“The can­di­dates, along with their team, have met and ironed out their nom­i­na­tion plans. Some of them are go­ing to come to­gether and do a lit­tle cel­e­bra­tion at the con­stituency level,” she dis­closed.

Brown Burke ar­gues that based on the qual­ity of can­di­dates that will be nom­i­nated and the work that they have done lead­ing up to to­day, she ex­pects that the PNP will re­tain the KSAC.

She said the can­di­dates on the PNP’s tick­ets would bring bold and in­no­va­tive ad­vo­cacy, which, she ar­gued, is re­quired, “so that the peo­ple of Kingston and St An­drew can en­joy an im­proved stan­dard of liv­ing.

“I hear some peo­ple say they are bring­ing pros­per­ity, and I know some peo­ple to­day who are suf­fer­ing more and are far worse off than last year,” she said, tak­ing a jab at the JLP cam­paign theme of the gen­eral elec­tion.

As for the JLP, Win­ston En­nis, leader of the mi­nor­ity cau­cus in the KSAC and chair­man for the party’s Area Coun­cil One, said 40 can­di­dates would be nom­i­nated to­day to run on the party’s tick­ets. En­nis said, like the PNP, 44 per cent of those seek­ing to be elected are fe­males.

RE­TURNED TO THE JLP

He told The Gleaner that he was con­fi­dent that the KSAC would be re­turned to the JLP come elec­tion day, hav­ing lost it in 2012.

He ar­gued that the party has done enough po­lit­i­cal work to se­cure the vic­tory.

“Of the 40 di­vi­sions, we are in a po­si­tion to take around 25 of them. In the gen­eral elec­tion, we have won 21 of the di­vi­sions, how­ever, we are in the field do­ing our work and our in­for­ma­tion is show­ing that we are main­tain­ing our 21, and there are four up for grabs, and we are go­ing af­ter them,” En­nis said.

Nom­i­na­tion cen­tres across the Kingston and St An­drew Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area will be opened at 10 a.m.

In the mean­time, Brown Burke dis­closed to The Gleaner that there are six coun­cil­lors who will not be seek­ing re-elec­tion in the KSAC.

Among those not seek­ing re-elec­tion are Carl Lit­tle, who rep­re­sented the Mona divi­sion in East­ern St An­drew; Des­mond Bai­ley, from the All­man Town divi­sion in Cen­tral Kingston; Kevin Taylor, from the Duhaney Park divi­sion in St An­drew West­ern; and Trevor Bernard, from the Max­field Park divi­sion in St An­drew East Cen­tral.

It was gleaned from En­nis that the JLP has de­cided against hav­ing a mass rally at Ja­maica Col­lege on Sun­day, in­stead opt­ing to do a bus tour in the Cor­po­rate Area, com­menc­ing in West Kingston, one of the party’s strong­hold. JLP’s Bar­ring­ton Bai­ley of the En­som City divi­sion, Win­ston Cham­bers of Guys Hill, and Alvin Beck­ford of the Frasers Con­tent divi­sion, would not be seek­ing re-elec­tion.

There will, there­fore, be five new faces in the 41-mem­ber­ship cor­po­ra­tion.

Scott said that the boundary changes be­ing sought for St Catherine should go through af­ter dis­cus­sion with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Ja­maica as has been the norm since 1979.

The St Catherine Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion is the largest in the is­land, with 41 di­vi­sions, fol­lowed by the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion, with 40 di­vi­sions.

EN­NIS

BROWN BURKE

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