White says he was ‘guided to a decision’ by PNP

WHITE… resigned Thursday as PNP candidate

THE People’s National Party’s (PNP) John-Paul White says he stepped down as Trelawny Northern candidate after being “guided to a decision” by the party. He resigned Thursday following a meeting with PNP General Secretary Paul Burke and members of the constituency’s exe ... Read More

WHITE... resigned yesterday JP White steps down as PNP candidate for Trelawny Northern
John-Paul White yesterday resigned as the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for Trelawny ... Read More

HOLNESS... we will get rid of personal income tax for everyone who earns a gross salary of $1.5m or less Andrew’s promises  
OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness last night said a government led by him would create a special coun ... Read More

JLP Leader Andrew Holness NAJ, PSOJ welcome Holness’ tax relief plan
REPRESENTATIVES of at least two stakeholder groups are greeting a commitment given by Opposition Lea ... Read More

Ombudsman wants parties to vet candidates properly

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 05, 2016    

NEWLY appointed Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has appealed to the country’s two main political parties to properly vet members before putting them up to run for public office. Parchment Brown’s appeal comes a day after the country’s two daily newspapers reported that Equilibro Solutions Jamaica Limited, a company owned by former People’s National Party candidate for Trelawny North John-Paul White, owed the government $14 million in tax arrears. “I am u ... Read More

$700-m election budget

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher outlines preparations for the upcoming general election at a press conference yesterday. At right is Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica Dorothy Pyne McLarty.

THE Government is set to spend close to $700 million on the upcoming general election, according to the latest figures quoted by Director of Elections Orrette Fisher at a press conference held at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) yesterday. Fisher said it will take about 20,000 people, inclusive of reserves, to man the 7,039 polling stations on February 25. However, workers will require refresher courses. While noting that there was some speculation surrounding the cost of that activity ... Read More

The only true poll is the people’s poll — Vaz

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness (with mic in hand) addresses enthusiastic Jamaica Labour Party supporters during a tour of St Mary Western on Tuesday.

THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has reiterated that it is unfazed by the recent opinion polls which show the ruling People’s National Party holding a slim one precentage point lead outside the margin of error. Both parties are set to do battle in the February 25 general election, the 17th such event since universal human suffrage. The parties are expected to field full slates of candidates for the 63 constituencies on Nomination Day, which is set for February 9. On Tuesday night, at ... Read More

PNP taking credit for gains it didn’t work for — analyst

BY PAUL HENRY henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller acknowledges People’s National Party supporters on her arrival at Sunday night’s rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

A political analyst has affixed an average rating to the People’s National Party’s (PNP) term in office, while saying that the Portia Simpson Miller Administration has taken credit for economic gains it never really worked for. The analyst, Kevin O’Brien Chang, said these positives were in fact derived from external factors, the overriding one being the plummeting global oil price. Simpson Miller, in her address to PNP supporters Sunday night, again trumpeted a host of &ldquo ... Read More

Party deserves praise for lower electricity bills, spokesman suggests

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

FRANKLYN... if the reverse had happened, I’m absolutely sure the Government would be blamed

PEOPLE’S National Party (PNP) campaign spokesman Delano Franklyn yesterday defended the Portia Simpson-led administration against claims that the party was out of place in boasting of reduced electricity bills and prices at the pumps, along with low inflation because they are linked to the worldwide reduction in oil prices. “When you are prime minister of a country you have to operate within the circumstances that exist,” Franklyn said during a press briefing at the PNP’ ... Read More

JLP gets Sam Sharpe Square

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

THE People’s National Party (PNP) says it will stand down from plans to hold a Region Six campaign launch rally in Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay on Sunday night as a result of what would have been a booking clash with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for the venue. Election campaign spokesman for the PNP, Delano Franklyn, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the decision was made after the party realised that the Opposition had already applied to use the venue for its own rally on th ... Read More

Tax deal - PNP satisfied with JP White’s plan to settle $14-m debt

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator — Crime/Court desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

WHITE… promises to settle debt

THE ruling People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday expressed confidence that JP White, its Trewlany Northern candidate whose civil engineering company is steeped in tax debt, will make good on a commitment to clear arrears with Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). “We have seen documentary evidence of the payment plan agreed upon. We are aware of the payment of the principal sum and we remain assured that our candidate, JP White, will live up to the expectation and the agreement to pay ... Read More

MPs say goodbye; speaker hailed for contribution to House

Wednesday, February 03, 2016    

PEART… commended by MPs from both sides

THE Parliament which was convened when the new Government took office in 2012 had its final sitting yesterday on a sombre note as the leaders said farewell to departing MPs, including Speaker of the House Michael Peart, who has retired from representational politics after 22 years. “All good things must come to an end, and this Parliament has performed creditably, not the least because of your guidance,” Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips said. He confessed that the ... Read More

Company owned by JP White owes Gov’t million$

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator, Crime/Court Desk editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, February 03, 2016    


A company owned by People’s National Party (PNP) Trelawny Northern candidate John-Paul White now owes the Government approximately $14 million in taxes, arrears he reportedly promised he’d pay up before the general election to be held February 25. According to documents obtained by the Jamaica Observer, White’s civil engineering company, Equilibrio Solutions Jamaica Limited, had owed $17 million in taxes. The Observer learnt that White yesterday paid $3 million of the sum, le ... Read More

Of oxtail, curried goat and broken promises

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, February 03, 2016    

HOLNESS...must say what he will do differently

So Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has finally received her touch from the creator of the universe. And, following his mandate, has announced the long-awaited general election date. February 25, 2016 is a date with destiny in which the people of Jamaica will be called upon to indulge a ritual with which they have become familiar: To make a decision as to which of the two parties should be trusted to govern their lives for the next five years. They are being summoned to do so in the contex ... Read More



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