Daily Gleaner election coverage, Tuesday July 24

Written by JamaicaElections.com

24july2007frt.jpgJamaicans support one-week campaign break - poll
The public has resoundingly approved the announcement by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that political campaigning should take a one-week break during the celebration of Emancipation Day and Independence Day on August 1 and 6 respectively.

A Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll, conducted among 1,008 persons islandwide a week after the announcement, found that 74 per cent of respondents believed the idea was a good one. A mere 17 per cent said it was not, while nine per cent offered no view. The poll has an error margin of plus or minus three per cent.

Golding raps Government for declining agri sector in Jamaica
Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Bruce Golding, shifted the political debate on Sunday to the agricultural sector, decrying what he said was a dramatic decline in agricultural output over the last 10 years. He was addressing thousands of supporters in the strong farming community of Spaldings Clarendon.

WOMEN IN POLITICS - Paving the way to Parliament
The first woman to be elected to a Municipal Council was Mary Morrison Knibb. She won a seat on the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Council in 1939 through the support of and campaigning of a group of some of the most formidable women in Jamaica.

It was a historic first. The men who fought against her election were flabbergasted; the women celebrated. One man even said he would prefer if women remained at what they were good at - managing households and rearing babies.

ST ELIZABETH NORTH WESTERN - Community development must accompany new MP
Bad roads, water, unemployment and community development are the main issues of concern residents of North West St. Elizabeth want the next Member of Parliament to focus on in their constituency.

People’s National Party (PNP) councillor held in drug find

There is trouble brewing for the People’s National Party (PNP), as one of its councillors was taken into custody by narcotics police yesterday in connection with a major drug bust.

The candidate, whose name is being withheld pending the outcome of an investigation, is said to be a PNP councillor/caretaker from western Jamaica.

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