Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Phillips cites St Mary by-elections as chance to judge the Gov't

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has said the outcome of the October 30 by-elections in St East St Mary will reflect judgment on the performance of the Government over the 18 months it has been in office.

Addressing People’s National Party (PNP) supporters at a mass meeting in Annotto Bay, St Mary on Tuesday night, Dr Phillips said if the Opposition party’s candidate, Dr Shane Alexis, wins the St Mary by-elections, it would signal that the country is calling for a change of administration.

However, Dr Phillips drew no comparative conclusion of the political implications if the governing Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate, Dr Norman Dunn, wins the polls.

The Opposition Leader said the JLP has so far failed to deliver on a number of its promises ahead of the 2016 General Elections, and has essentially made no progress since being in office.

In declaring that the Government “doesn’t know what it’s doing,” he nosedived into the issue of crime, and said after 18 months, the Administration is still without a real crime plan.

He said the morale of the police force is low in the face of a steep fight against crime, and the Government has also failed to bring about any improvement to agriculture and education, among other portfolio areas.

Both the PNP and JLP are engaged in full-scale campaigning in St East St Mary, where a competitive situation exists, including a real potential for the Government to widen its razor-thin, one-seat majority in Parliament.

However, it is expected to be a one-sided affair in favour of the PNP in two other by-elections that are scheduled for October 30. Those are in South and South West St Andrew, two traditional PNP strongholds, where the party is again expected to romp home to victory.

Nomination Day for all three contests is next Monday, October 9.

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