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#JaVotes2016: Portia targets young voters

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:21 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson is introduced to a baby by a young supporter at the PNP youth rally at Jamaica College Friday evening.

Daraine Luton, Senior Gleaner Reporter

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller has declared that the party will be targeting young voters in the upcoming elections.

"On February 25, the voice of the youth of Jamaica will be very important," Simpson Miller told young Comrades at Jamaica College Friday afternoon.

"More than 70 per cent of new voters are youngsters under age of 30. We must seek them out and let them know why we are the natural party and the beat party for the young people," Simpson Miller said.

In November, Simpson Miller said she would not call the election at that time because she wanted the Electoral Commission of Jamaica to be allowed to publish the November 30, 2015 Voters' List.

Some 34,907 new names were later added.

There are over 1.8 million people on the Voters' List.

"Some people say the young people of this nation do not have any interest in politics. Tonight you are proving them wrong," Simpson Miller told hundreds of young comrades.

The PNP president said that her party is serious about advancing people through education and training.

She said too that the PNP, if reelected, would provide more jobs for young people.

"We will be creating 18,000, more BPO (business process outsourcing jobs.... In the next term, the job market for young people is going to be way up," she said.