"If a mosquito has bitten you, avoid the PNP"
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) said Jamaicans who have been bitten by mosquitoes should punish the People's National Party (PNP) at the polls come November 28.
The JLP's Keneisha Allen, the youngest debater who lined up on stage to participate in the Local Government Debate on Wednesday night, said the overwhelming presence of mosquitoes in communities is a failure of the PNP councillors to ensure drains are cleaned.
"Every single Jamaican, Portmore, I am speaking to you, if a mosquito has ever bitten you in your life, do not vote for the PNP. If a mosquito has bitten you, avoid the PNP.
Allen: "If a mosquito has ever bitten you in your life, do not vote for the PNP".
Because you have consecutively supported them and what happened to you? Mosquito bite you left, right and centre," Allen, 28, said.
She was responding to a question from a Portmore resident about the lack of fogging in that area.
Angella Brown Burke of the PNP said that Allen's comments helps to concretize the view that people involved in local government are "frivolous, not serious and are not ready for it."
The PNP has been haunted by its poor handling of the outbreak of Chikungunya, a virus which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
PNP's Everton Fisher also rejected Allen's statements saying health should not be politicised.
"It is all so very sad that we seem to want to politicise health," he said.
"We cannot at this time in our nation's history be talking about JLP or PNP mosquito. The fact is we must clean up the garbage so as to let people live in a healthy environment."