JLP puts off con­fer­ence to fo­cus on elec­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE GOV­ERN­ING Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) has pushed back its an­nual con­fer­ence from Novem­ber, to Fe­bru­ary 26, 2017, a day af­ter the first an­niver­sary of its elec­toral vic­tory in this year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Come Fe­bru­ary 25, the An­drew Hol­ness administration is ex­pected to come un­der in­creased scru­tiny af­ter com­plet­ing its first year in of­fice.

Cur­rently, the rul­ing party has put on blink­ers, with its fo­cus set on wrest­ing the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions from the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party, which has had a stran­gle­hold on all 13, as well as the Port­more mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary of the JLP, Dr Ho­race Chang, says the party made the de­ci­sion to have its con­fer­ence next Fe­bru­ary in or­der to “fo­cus 100 per cent on the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions”.

“We have all our can­di­dates in place and we are supremely con­fi­dent that our can­di­dates will be suc­cess­ful. Our party has demon­strated in gov­ern­ment that we care for the peo­ple of Ja­maica, their fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties. In just eight months, we have done very well and are con­fi­dent that the peo­ple of Ja­maica will ex­tend their sup­port to our lo­cal gov­ern­ment pros­per­ity part­ner­ship,” Chang said.

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