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PNP SE St Mary standard bearer urges constituents to 'fly di gate'

Observer staff reporter

Thursday, October 05, 2017

PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) standard bearer for St Mary South Eastern Dr Shane Alexis used the party's mass rally in Annotto Bay Tuesday night to solicit votes from constituents, telling them to 'fly di gate' for a young man.

Alexis, a neophyte to representational politics, told PNP supporters that it was time for young people to step forward.

“Our generation needs to make an impact on our country. It is our time to step forward. You can't have the same people working, working, on and on. So fly di gate; fly di gate for me,” he urged flag-bearing Comrades in the town square ahead of the October 30 by-election.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday announced the date for the crucial by-election at a similar mass rally of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the square, where he told Labourites that his Government is committed to a politics of partnership.

The St Mary South Eastern seat became vacant after the death PNP Member of Parliament Dr Winston Green in August.

Alexis, 38, is expected to run against the JLP's Dr Norman Dunn, a 51-year-old pharmacist, who has said his focus will be on young people should he become the MP.

But the PNP candidate made an impassioned plea to those in attendance to give him a chance.

“I want you to carry me; I want you to carry me forward ever, backward never. We [are] going to Parliament to make a better Jamaica. That is what is required of my generation. This is not about young versus old because the PNP has everybody,” said Alexis.

Alexis stressed that his career has been a service, pointing to 2007, the year he said that it began.

“Mi a di real deal. Mi study a Cuba and mi come back a Jamaica 2004. You know when mi start serve the country — 2007. My career has been about service. When some man a make money and deh a dem yard Christmas day and when hurricane a blow, me deh a di hospital a deliver babies and a save people lives,” he told cheering party faithfuls.

The medical doctor listed a slew of services he has rendered, noting among them his time as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association and Medical Association of Jamaica.

“I don't talk about what I am going to do, I can tell you what I have done. We don't need people to talk about things anymore. We need people to get things done and I can done anything… Mi lead from the front not from behind,” he boasted.

“…So people that come and tell you that they love the people, ask them what they have done for the people,” he continued.

Chief among his ideas for the constituency, he said, are developments for sports, health, agriculture, education, and the constituency's economy.

“But the first thing a good doctor must do is listen to the patients. You can't do anything without listening to the patients because then yuh naah go make the right diagnosis. And if you make the wrong diagnosis the man a go sicker and maybe end up dead… So the first thing I am doing as candidate is listening and learning from the people,” he said.