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JLP to hold four delegate forums today ahead of annual conference

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 11:00 AMErica Virtue
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The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will today stage four delegate conferences ahead of next weekend's annual general conference, which will be hosted as a one-day public session at the National Arena in Kingston.

The 73rd annual conference is being held in the midst of local government elections campaign, scheduled for November 28. The JLP is seeking to overturn the majority control of the opposition People's National Party (PNP) in the parish councils.

Senior party official Audley Shaw is scheduled to host the delegates' conference for Area Council Three, which is slated to start at 11 a.m. today at the Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester.

Deputy leader James Robertson has confirmed that the conference for Area Council Two is to be held in Old Harbour beginning also at 11 a.m. While deputy leader in Area Council Four, J.C. Hutchinson, confirmed that the conference for Granville Primary in Montego Bay, St James, is also at 11 a.m. Up to press time, there was no confirmation on the location of the conference for Area Council One, which will be for the Corporate Area constituencies.

JLP leader, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will be the keynote speaker at next weekend's annual conference, where he is expected to highlight the country's economic growth successes since taking office earlier this year, as well as the country's accomplishment in meeting key targets set out by the International Monetary Fund.

It is also anticipated that Holness will use the conference to give the charge to election day workers, candidates and voters.

The JLP was founded on July 8, 1943 by National Hero The Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante as the political wing of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

erica.virtue@gleanerjm.com