PNP fights to retain St James Parish Council
St James is one of the parishes that has been targeted by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the November 28 Local Government Elections.
There are 17 divisions in St James, 13 of which were won by the PNP in the last elections held in 2012.
However, five of the seats that were won by the PNP, were by fewer than 100 votes.
And in the last general election, the PNP won only four of the 17 divisions across the five constituencies in the parish. Those divisions are Catadupa, Maroon Town, Welcome Hall and Mount Salem. However, chairman of the parish council, Glendon Harris, said there is no chance of the PNP losing that council.
"We are going to be taking 12 council seats," Harris told THE STAR on Tuesday. Harris said his administration has done the most work on parochial roads and drain cleaning. He said that since March, after the JLP won state power, the St James Parish Council has been sabotaged in getting repairs to malfunctioning street lights.
"I hear representatives of the Government talking about street lights and garbage. The street light repairs are dependent on the Ministry of Local Government and they have not fulfilled their obligations to the Jamaica Public Service," Harris said. The Maroon Town councillor said that "this administration has made people recognise that parish council can work, and has worked." He said persons who opine otherwise are "persons who have bellyache with a PNP administration or with me".
"I know I am the target because I am outspoken, but we have been working. Mi nuh business with the chat, chat, chat! We have been doing the work," Harris said. Local authorities are responsible for several things, including the maintenance of cemeteries and parks, drains and gullies, markets and abattoirs, minor water systems and parochial roads. The councils are also responsible for the provision of care for the registered poor and the management of on-street parking.
Divisions won by the PNP by fewer than 100 votes
MONTEGO BAY WEST - 6
MONTEGO BAY SOUTH EAST - 8
MONTEGO BAY NORTH - 38
MONTEGO BAY SOUTH - 39
ROSE HALL - 73