Par­ties prom­ise ro­bust de­bate

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Christo­pher Serju Gleaner Writer

THE PEO­PLE’S National Party’s (PNP) is view­ing to­mor­row’s national de­bate as an oc­ca­sion to de­fend its stew­ard­ship of the is­land’s 12 parish coun­cils, Kingston and St Andrew Cor­po­ra­tion (KSAC), as well as the Port­more Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, of which it has held the reins of power since April 2012.

On the other hand, the gov­ern­ing Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) is eye­ing this as a grand op­por­tu­nity to bring the elec­torate up to speed on how poorly the PNP has han­dled its af­fairs at the lo­cal level.

To­mor­row’s de­bate will take place at the Cre­ative Pro­duc­tion and Train­ing Cen­tre (CPTC) Lim­ited, 37 Arnold Road, Kingston, start­ing at 9 p.m., and will be broad­cast live on a mix of free-to-air and ca­ble chan­nels, as well as on ra­dio, and will also be streamed via the In­ter­net. The other de­bate is set for the same time and location on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 23, ahead of the Novem­ber 28 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. Each event will last for 90 min­utes and will be mod­er­ated, with ques­tions from a panel of jour­nal­ists.

“Our ar­gu­ment is sim­ple. We will high­light the in­ef­fi­cient and hap­haz­ard way the PNP has man­aged the af­fairs of the parish coun­cils and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in gen­eral. There is need for much more struc­ture and certainty in the way things are done,” Se­na­tor Del­roy Wil­liams of the JLP told The Gleaner af­ter yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence hosted by the Ja­maica De­bates Com­mis­sion.

RICARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Ju­lian Robin­son (left), gen­eral sec­re­tary-des­ig­nate of the Peo­ple’s National Party, shakes hands with Se­na­tor Del­roy Wil­liams, rep­re­sent­ing the Ja­maica Labour Party, while looking on is Com­mis­sioner Noel daCosta of the Ja­maica De­bates Com­mis­sion, at the com­mis­sion’s press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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