05 May People’s National Party calls for voters’ list clean up
President of the Peoples National Party, Dr. Peter Phillips in his first address to the Party’s second highest decision making body, the National Executive Council (NEC), announced several measures that would strengthen the Party’s foundation and structures, which would put it on a firm footing to become a more effective opposition and government in waiting.
The Party will be advocating for the Electoral Commission to clean-up the voters’ list ahead of any future election. Dr. Phillips said a house to house verification programme to ensure that the list is accurate is the only way to protect our democracy. “Having an accurate list does many things most importantly it protects our democracy. If the list is not accurate persons could lose respect and confidence in the system and when that happens, persons may resort to other methods to secure votes in order to hold on to power,” Dr. Phillips said.
The Party’s fifth president said he would be calling on the expertise of all its members to move the party forward.
Basil Waite was elected Deputy General Secretary with responsibility for organizing the Party’s field operations; and former member of parliament, Raymond Pryce was assigned to lead an initiative to improve the relationships with the Party and youths across Jamaica.
Dr. Phillips who has embarked on a listening tour which will take him to Westmoreland this week, urged MPs and constituency chairpersons to hold parallel sessions in their constituencies as part of an exercise to re-connecting the base of the Party.