SLP EN­DORSES CALLS FOR DE­BATES

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Fri­day April 1, The Saint Lu­cia Labour Party (SLP) is­sued a press re­lease in which it noted the in­ter­est of some civil so­ci­ety groups and me­dia houses to host de­bates in the lead up to the 2016 General Elec­tions. “Our Party has al­ways sup­ported the con­cept of struc­tured de­bates that al­low can­di­dates to dis­cuss the poli­cies of their re­spec­tive par­ties and share with the elec­torate their own plans for their con­stituents,” the re­lease states.

“Fur­ther, con­sis­tent with our pol­icy, the SLP en­dorses the call for struc­tured de­bates at the con­stituency and na­tional lev­els be­tween the can­di­dates who will be con­test­ing the 2016 General Elec­tions. In or­der to en­sure struc­ture and co­her­ence to the pro­posed de­bates, the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party pro­poses that one in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion, such as the Open Cam­pus of the Univer­sity of the West Indies, be charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity for or­gan­is­ing and host­ing the de­bates, in­clud­ing de­cid­ing on the moder­a­tors for the de­bates af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the re­spec­tive par­ties.”

The re­lease adds: “Saint Lu­cia Labour Party be­lieves that pri­or­ity be given to de­bates at the na­tional level, which should be fo­cused on the pol­icy pro­pos­als and the plans of the re­spec­tive par­ties for ad­vanc­ing the devel­op­ment of our coun­try.

“Should the Open Cam­pus agree to or­gan­ise and host such de­bates, each po­lit­i­cal party could se­lect a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to be­gin dis­cus­sions with the Open Cam­pus on the struc­ture, for­mat and themes of the de­bates well ahead of the date of General Elec­tions.”

The re­lease ends by stat­ing that the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party looks for­ward to con­tribut­ing to con­struc­tive and in­formed di­a­logue on the ways in which it plans to con­tinue to pos­i­tively shape the fu­ture of our coun­try and our cit­i­zens.

Will Saint Lu­cia see the first po­lit­i­cal de­bates ahead of

the up­com­ing General Elec­tions?

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