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PNP's post-election report 'brutally frank' - review committee head

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2016 | 6:26 PM
A post-election committee, headed by Julian Robinson, was set up following the PNP's loss and the findings of the committee were announced in a press conference this morning.

The People's National Party (PNP) says unresolved candidate selection, the problematic relationship between some Members of Parliament and their councilors, and its failure to counter the income tax promise by the then Opposition contributed to the party's General Election loss on February 25.

A post-election committee, headed by Julian Robinson, was set up following the PNP's loss and the findings of the committee were announced in a press conference this morning.

Speaking at the party's Old Hope Road headquarters, Robinson said the findings of the committee were brutally frank and PNP president Portia Simpson Miller was interviewed for the findings.

According to him, the committee investigated the party, the government and the campaign.

He says a wide cross-section of individuals participated and contributed to the final report, which is currently being discussed internally.

Following the completion of the report at the end of last month, Robinson said he believed it represents a fair assessment of the reasons for the party's loss.

He also noted that some of the recommendations can be implemented immediately.

The JLP won 32 seats to the PNP's 31 to take over the reins of government.

Analysts had suggested a number of reasons for the PNP's shock defeat to the JLP including the party's withdrawal from the national debates, the focus on JLP Leader Andrew Holness' house and the internal problems surrounding the selection of candidates.