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JLP manifesto contains more details - Analysts

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2011 | 12:51 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Assistant News Editor

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Analysts say both major political parties appear to be headed in the same direction in terms of the policies outlined in their manifestos, but that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has given a clearer picture of how it will achieve those objectives.

The JLP released its manifesto yesterday, a week after the People’s National Party unveiled its own document outlining its plans, should it form the government after December 29.

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Analysts Kevin O’Brien Chang and Dennis Chung said the JLP manifesto contains more details of how the JLP will execute its plans for the country.

However, Chung said Jamaicans could still miss the message, as he said at 126 pages the document is too long and repetitive.

Chung also said he is not satisfied that either of the political parties have given enough attention to how they will resolve the social issues facing the country.

In the meantime, political analyst, Kevin Obrien Chang, said he is particularly interested in a proposal by the JLP, to improve transparency by proposing that important appointments be approved by two thirds majority parliament.