HAVING MADE several promises in its election manifesto and prescribed ways for good governance in its Progressive Agenda, the People's National Party (PNP) is putting in place a team to keep elected leaders on the rails.
Addressing the public session of the party's 74th annual conference at the National Arena yesterday, General Secretary Peter Bunting said a policy research and programme review commission would soon be appointed.
Bunting said the commission would "ensure that all the commitments that we made in our manifesto and in our Sectoral Debate presentations are followed up and they will hold ministers of government to account".
He added: "They are also going to receive and put forward new policy prescriptions from the party from time to time."
In the meantime, Dr Dayton Campbell, member of parliament for North West St Ann, said: "There is a need for the PNP to regain greater relevance among the youth cohort. I believe I have the skill set to reform the youth organisation and increase its membership and output."
Campbell, a former president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, said he did not consider serving as the People's National Party Youth Organisation president as a retrograde step for a legislator.
"I have already commissioned a group of 10 young doctors looking at health-care delivery and 10 young lawyers-students to look at judicial reform, 10 educators, etc, thus my vision is to have an active policy arm that purports evidence-based policy positions," Campbell told The Gleaner.