PNPYO disappointed with persons who leaked its recommendations, but not backing down


Sunday, April 21, 2019

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The People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) is standing firm in its demands for sweeping changes in the operations of the party, despite criticisms from some Comrades over the release of its 21 recommendations at a meeting of the party's National Executive Council (NEC) last Sunday.

According to PNPYO President Krystal Tomlinson, the recommendations were not intended for public discussion and their general release was not done by the youth organisation.

“The PNPYO, in response to public interest in our recommendations to the leadership of the PNP, wishes to affirm our commitment to serve as the conscience of our party,” said Tomlinson.

“In the same breath, we express our profound disappointment at the actions of those who saw it fit to leak to the media a document that was never meant for public consumption. It is the ultimate act of betrayal of the confidence reposed in, and by, every member of the organisation,” added Tomlinson.

She said it is from a position of patriotism that the youth organisation submitted its recommendations, as part of the process of renewing the party “that has contributed positively to transforming the social, economic and cultural realities of Jamaica. For that to continue the PNP must begin to display… a firm understanding and willingness to transform the way we execute our political function”.

The PNPYO president added that since submitting the recommendations they have met with the party's chairman, deputy chairman and general secretary, and have been told that some of their suggestions were already being implemented, but that information had not been shared for strategic reasons.

“A meeting has been set with the PNPYO and the party's president, Dr Peter Phillips. We will take his response to our revised list of recommendations as a signal of the party's true position on the value [placed] on the youth voice and the call from Comrades and friends of the movement to comprehensively transform our modus operandi,” said Tomlinson.

She argued that the pre-eminent concern of the youth organisation is to see the transformation of the PNP.

“We will hold the party's leadership accountable for delivering on those outcomes with regard to enumeration, organising, canvassing and strategic planning and management within the constituencies,” said Tomlinson.

“If we are to effectively organise a nation, we must effectively organise our party,” declared Tomlinson.

“The cause is not to simply win the next election, but to become the kind of party that deserves and retains the confidence, support and trust of the Jamaican people,” she added.

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