PNP won't engage in air war

November 12, 2016
Alennox Hines, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor-candidate for the Southborough division in Portmore after being nominated to contest the November 28 local government election yesterday.
A family of cousins from Petersfield in St Mary (from left: Julia Jackson Moesha Bailey, Shamean Thomas, and Shannoy Haslow), show support for Hugh Radway, the People's National Party (PNP) candidate for the Retreat Division in St Mary.

Despite the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) appearing to be winning the air war, though a plethora of advertisement, the People’s National Party said yesterday it intends to give the November 28 local government elections its "best shot under the circumstances".

Both major political parties nominated 229 candidates for the upcoming polls.

The PNP won the last local government elections, held on March 26, 2012 by a landslide, securing 151 divisions to the Jamaica Labour Party's 75.  

The results saw the PNP holding majorities in 12 of the 13 parish councils with the 13th council, Trelawny, being tied by the two major political parties with one elected independent candidate.

However, the PNP appears to be shaken by its shocking defeat in the February 25 General Election. Among other things, the party has been losing the advertisement war with the print and local media appearing to be the exclusive domain of the JLP.

“I am aware that the JLP have been running ads, but we are more concern with connecting with the people on the ground, members of the communities,” PNP deputy general secretary Julian Robinson told THE STAR yesterday.

He said that the party may run advertisements, but emphasized that  “our efforts are going to be focused on having direct contacts.” 



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