All set for political debates on local government

All set for political debates on local government

Monday, November 14, 2016

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THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party will square off tomorrow in the first of two debates on local government issues as the parties try to persuade the electorate how to vote in the November 28 local government election.

Details of the debates, the second of which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, were announced by the Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) at a press conference yesterday morning at the offices of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. The JDC is a partnership between the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and Media Association Jamaica Ltd.

The line-up for the first debate, which will focus on local government policy, including areas such as governance and accountability, will comprise:

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie; former Councillor Keneisha Allen (St Catherine); and former Councillor Charles Sinclair (St James) from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

The People’s National Party (PNP) team is: Mayor Angela Brown Burke (KSAC); former Councillor Donovan Mitchell (Manchester); and former Councillor Everton Fisher (St Elizabeth).

Moderator is Patrick Anderson of RJR, while the panel of questioners are: Earl Moxam (RJR); Kimone Francis (Jamaica Observer); and Natalie Campbell.

The second debate, which will address local government issues, will focus on an assessment of what is working and what needs changing, including such areas as parochial roads, parks, markets, town and country planning, the management and transparency of permits, etc.

Members of the JLP team are: Senator Delroy Williams, former Councillor Richard Creary (St Mary); and former Councillor Kerencia Morrison (St Catherine); while representing the PNP are: Mayor Scean Barnswell (Clarendon); former Councillor Venesha Phillips (KSAC); and Acting Mayor Leon Thomas (Portmore). Moderator is Janella Precius (TVJ), and panel of questioners are: Damion Mitchell (Power 106); Irving Forbes (CVM); and Kalilah Reynolds (Nationwide News).

The social media editor for both debates will be Marjorie Gordon of CVM.

The 90-minute debates will each begin at 9:00 pm in the studio of the Creative Production & Training Centre and will be carried live on a mix of free-to-air and cable channels as well as on radio and will also be streamed live on the Internet.

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