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JLP deeply concerned PNP won't participate in political debates

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:50 AM
Kamina Johnson- Smith ... the PNP is refusing to participate in the debates on spurious grounds.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has expressed "severe concern" at reports that the People's National Party (PNP) is seeking to "dodge" the National Leadership Debates.

According to JLP campaign spokesperson, Kamina Johnson- Smith, the PNP is refusing to participate in the debates on spurious grounds.

The PNP is demanding an apology from the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness over comments he made about the Prime Minister.

It also wants the format of the debate to be changed to reflect a town hall setting rather than the current style where a journalists pose questions to the debaters.

The JLP is urging Jamaicans to demand that the PNP participate in the debates as they are critical to the political process.

"The PNP’s decision to pull out of the debate is probably not a spur of the moment action, but a carefully orchestrated strategy to ensure that the PNP does not have to face the people of Jamaica," Johnson-Smith said.

"The JLP believes the government’s weak and inadequate excuses are an indication of their arrogance and the scant regard they have for the people of Jamaica," she added.

She says it is clear that the PNP is afraid that the debates and vows that the JLP will expose the party's lack of real progress and plans to grow the economy and improve people’s lives.

The JLP says that it is ready to engage the government in a robust debate and to demonstrate its readiness to govern Jamaica.