Daily Gleaner election news, Wednesday July 25

Written by JamaicaElections.com

25jul2007frt1.jpgRatings improve for parties
The favourability rating of candidates representing both the People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has shown improvement, according to the latest Gleaner-commissioned poll.

Pollster Bill Johnson’s survey results, which has an error margin of plus or minus three per cent, found the rating for PNP candidates increased by eight percentage points between June and July. During the same period, the favourability rating of JLP candidates increased by six percentage points. However, only four points - one outside the error margin - separate the favourability rating of each party candidate in Johnson’s July poll findings.

Politics not going uptown
Billboards, posters, party paraphernalia, graffiti slogans and flags have become a feature of Jamaican politics over the years.

But have you ever noticed that these items are mostly seen in lower-income communities - those below Cross Roads? The Gleaner decided to take a tour of the more affluent communities in upper St. Andrew to see if the same situation existed.

People’s National Party councillor faces likely drug charges

The People’s National Party (PNP) councillor/caretaker who has been detained in connection with a major drug bust is likely to be charged in connection with the find.

Education the key issue, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) tells politicians
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is demanding priority attention be given to education during the general election campaign.

Families in politics - As far back as the 1750s

In Jamaica’s parliamentary history, the first father and son to sit in the Legislature were Phillip Redwood, who was a member of the House of Assembly from 1756 to 1781, and his son Stephen, who served in the House from 1790 to 1803.

45 MILESTONES: 1995 - Nation loses Michael Manley

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica (1972 to 1980 and 1989 to 1992) and former president of the People’s National Party (1969 to 1992) Michael Manley died in his 73rd year at his home. He had been ailing with prostate cancer for some time and in the latter stage was confined to his bed. Members of his family and close friends - including former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer - visited him regularly, some playing bridge with him.

Parliament to be dissolved

Governor-General Professor Kenneth Hall issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament today, bringing an end to the tenure of the 60 Members of Parliament and 21 Senators.

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