Ras Dawit – Cauld­well Di­vi­sion, Hanover:

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS -

ON LO­CAL gov­ern­ment elec­tion day, in­cum­bents Wyn­ter McIn­tosh of the Ch­ester Cas­tle Di­vi­sion and Devon Brown of the Hopewell Di­vi­sion will be the only two coun­cil­lors seek­ing an­other term in the Hanover Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

McIn­tosh, who is the out­go­ing mayor of Lucea and chair­man of the cor­po­ra­tion, says he be­lieves the Peo­ple’s National Party (PNP) has per­formed well and will re­tain con­trol of the cor­po­ra­tion and could even win all seven di­vi­sional seats.

“I think we stand a good chance of re­tain­ing the coun­cil as a party be­cause of the work that the past coun­cil­lors have put into their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions,” McIn­tosh said. “As it re­lates to the can­di­dates now on the ground, I have put a lot of work into the Ch­ester Cas­tle Di­vi­sion and work with the com­mu­nity groups, and so on, and that should give us a very good chance of win­ning Ch­ester Cas­tle Di­vi­sion.”

“The last gen­eral elec­tions (re­sults) show that we would have been get­ting four seats, but it is al­ways like that in the gen­eral elec­tions, but coun­cil (elec­tions), peo­ple vote more on a per­sonal line, and from all in­di­ca­tions, if we put in ev­ery­thing, we stand a chance of get­ting all seven seats,” McIn­tosh added.

McIn­tosh said the ma­jor achieve­ments that will help to pro­pel the PNP to re­tain con­trol of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­clude the es­tab­lish­ment of a drain-main­te­nance crew in Lucea, pre­lim­i­nary works at Fort Char­lotte, a parish-wide birth cer­tifi­cate pro­gramme, and the re­pair of roads across all seven di­vi­sions.

“My ten­ure as mayor was not for the full term, but we have started the Fort Char­lotte dis­cus­sions. We have cleared the area now. That is some­thing that will come on stream in a very short while,” McIn­tosh said.

“Per­sons are say­ing to me that the (Lucea) drains look much bet­ter than they used to. There’s still some work that we have to do as it re­lates to cre­at­ing a side­walk. I know if I re­turn as mayor, that is one of the projects I will be looking at ... . We have cre­ated a birth cer­tifi­cate pro­gramme across the parish where per­sons with­out birth cer­tifi­cates now have birth cer­tifi­cates. We have done a num­ber of roads across the parish – Haughton Grove, Ch­ester Cas­tle – roads in Hopewell,” McIn­tosh said.

MA­JOR ACHIEVE­MENTS

How­ever, the lone JLP coun­cil­lor, Devon Brown, said he was unim­pressed by the per­for­mance of the PNP-led mu­nic­i­pal­ity and even de­scribed some of the projects cited by McIn­tosh as ma­jor achieve­ments, as colos­sal fail­ures. Ac­cord­ing to Brown, his party is set to win five of the seven seats, and the PNP’s bid to re­tain con­trol of the coun­cil would only re­main a dream.

“Their per­for­mance has been abysmal. Twice, Hanover has made the news in the most dis­grace­ful way. This is a coun­cil with only seven di­vi­sions, and the Hanover Di­vi­sion has made the news head­lines in ev­ery neg­a­tive as­pect. They have failed mis­er­ably,” Brown said.

“The drain clean­ing in Lucea is no achieve­ment. That birth cer­tifi­cate pro­gramme has failed to ma­te­ri­alise. I have birth cer­tifi­cate ap­pli­ca­tions at my house from last year to to­day, and to date,noth­ing. They said they would do it in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Month, and noth­ing has happened. If you go and take a look at the fort, there is noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant there. I am unim­pressed. They have not looked af­ter the needs of the peo­ple,” he stated.

He added: “Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is not about the PNP and the JLP. It is about the can­di­dates them­selves. When I look at it, the sup­port I got in the parish coun­cil, I couldn’t do much work be­cause the re­sources were not dis­trib­uted fairly. I am sure when we take over, the en­tire parish will see Hanover trans­formed into what it needs to be, which is some­thing bright and beau­ti­ful.”

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