Monday 21 September, 2020

Jamaica's political party 'of pastors' backs out of election race

The Jamaica Progressive Party (JPP) has announced that it will not be contesting the September 3 general election.

Gilbert Edwards, the president of Jamaica’s newest political party, made up mostly of pastors, said the decision was made as the organisation has been facing some difficulties as it relates to laying the foundation in order to 'effect' its plans

“JPP is more than a party we are a movement, one that is determined to empower Jamaicans, especially the oppressed and the less fortunate. It is with this in mind that we have taken the strategic decision to retool, sharpen our political acumen and strengthen our organization’s internal and external structure and not contest the general elections, the JPP president said in a release.

Edwards in the release stated that Jamaica suffered from a virus called 'red-tapism'.

He said this was ‘a pandemic instituted by the minority sitting at the top and the only ones suffering are the less fortunate people."

He said the party was blocked from opening accounts at a number of banking institutions due to existing bureaucracies which he claims do not facilitate new political parties from opening accounts.

“We like other new political parties have suffered the same marginalization and therefore we are condemning this systemic discrimination...,” said Edwards.

The party leader said despite the challenges he would not give up.

In the release, Edwards professed to be spiritually mandated to invest in Jamaica with an expected return on investment being the upliftment of his ‘fellow Jamaicans.’

The JPP president said he would stand by the projected developments and offerings detailed in the party’s manifestos claiming that they were not promises but a commitment as he too once fell in the category of the less fortunate.

The JPP earlier this year announced that almost 80 per cent of the candidates who have formed Jamaica’s newest political party are pastors and that they were confident that they would win the next general election.

The recently formed party said  It was self-funded.

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