Deputy Leader Desmond McKenzie announced in the presence of 228 Councillor/Candidates at Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, who will be seeking to take control of 13 Councils and the Municipality of Portmore which has a direct elected Mayor. The other Mayors are selected from the elected Councilors.
The Prime Minister charged the assembled “To take local elections seriously as there is need for transparency and efficiency. You must have vision and know what the mission is. We are calling the election, not because we want to change Councillors but we have a plan to have Councillors in the community for prosperity. We want to elevate Local Government to a higher level. Local Government needs to be transparent and efficient . . you are responsible for the issuing of permits for local development. I charge you to do a hand to hand campaign. Go to yard to yard and shake 70 percent of the hands of your constituents. I know we will be victorious, there is still a lot of work to be done … I am proud of those selected … in you we want to move from progress to prosperity” the Pm concluded to thunderous applause.
“Many political careers are relying on this local elections”. reacting to the announcement of the local elections was social media manager/journalist with Nationwde News Network (NNN) Dennis Brooks.
Vision wishes all the best to the candidates and hope we will have a united government at both national and local.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.