Parties promise robust debate
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.
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.