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PNP, JLP differ on why manifestos were not provided ahead of local government elections

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 9:57 PM
PNP officials at the debate (from left) Julian Robinson, Damion Pyrce and Angella Brown Burke.

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) have offered contrasting reasons for not producing any manifesto for the upcoming local government elections.

The question was the first one posed by Kalilah Reynolds from Nationwide Radio at tonight's second political debate between the two parties.

Both parties produced the documents for the last local government polls in 2012.

The  PNP's Venesha Phillips argued that her party decided to forego a manifesto in favour of house to house campaigns.

She said that style of communicating to Jamaicans was better than producing "fancy documents that have no value".

"What is more important is that personal touch," she said.

Meanwhile, Milton Brown from the JLP said the governing party did not produce a manifesto because it could not 'anticipate' state of the  13 councils controlled by the PNP.

However, he said the party will present a manifesto in months.