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Opposition party begins review of election performances

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) has begun the process of reviewing its performances in the general and local government elections in which it suffered heavy defeats at the hands of the People's National Party (PNP).

JLP leader Andrew Holness told journalists on Tuesday that three persons have been identified to serve on the review panel.

"That process has started. In fact, it is in full train. We have identified three persons that will serve on the review panel, it will be made public shortly, as soon as we have completed the review panel," the JLP leader told journalists during a tour of downtown Kingston on Tuesday.

According to him, the party was looking for a panel of five persons and consultations are already under way with two others.

"But we are trying to broaden the scope of consultation and we are consulting on three levels. We are concentrating at executive of the party, we are going to concentrate for the middle management of the party, that is, the worker corps, and then the support base generally," he explained.

He said it was a strategic review which was designed to reposition and realign the JLP. He said the JLP was a dynamic and great party, and many persons still pinned their hopes and aspiration for a better country on the fortunes of the JLP.

He gave no deadline for the completion of the review.

G2K heavily criticised

Holness also said there were no plans to disband G2K, its young professional arm, although they have been heavily criticised for the party's failing fortunes in the two elections.

Holness admitted to criticisms of the brash and sometimes ill-tempered organisation, but said they must be credited for their role in the 2007 general election win.

The JLP lost 42-21 to the PNP in the December general election, and lost control of all the parish councils it held since the 2007 local polls.

It suffered a 31-1 loss in the Portmore municipality, which directly elects its mayor.