Daily Gleaner election news, Thursday August 9

Written by JamaicaElections.com

thurs.jpeg‘They have no integrity’ - Youths want reform of political system in Jamaica
“They are hypocrites!” That was the strongly expressed opinion on Jamaica’s politicians, coming from a group of young people yesterday at a Gleaner Editors’ Forum.

Jamaica 2007 Electoral Debates - Crime should have been focus - Analyst
Political analyst Charlene Sharpe Pryce has criticised both participants in the first national debate for not putting the country’s number one problem - crime and violence - as a priority in the first six months of any new administration.

Prime Minister of Jamaica announces Cultural Industry Development Fund
With abeng in hand and, as she claims, victory in sight, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday night announced the establishment of a Cultural Industry Development Fund, which she says will give Jamaicans an opportunity to make good on their artistic and cultural talents.

Crime, education and lack of jobs trouble youth

Crime and violence, unemployment and educational challenges were the recurring concerns expressed by a group of 14 inner-city youths at the same Gleaner Editors’ Forum.

Nomination excitement

Roving with Lalah: I heard that there were women wearing next to nothing and swinging their hips and other things to the sound of popular music. I was also reliably informed that there was alcohol involved, so I assumed that the gyrations would have been taking place with some degree of reckless abandon. So, with great alacrity and with some degree of excitement, I headed out to witness first hand, the carnival - like atmosphere that is created when it’s Nomination Day in Kingston, Jamaica.

It was fanfare out west
It was generally a festive atmosphere across western Jamaica Tuesday as 38 candidates submitted nomination papers for the region’s 15 constituencies.

PNP candidate’s injury could affect campaign
The People’s National Party (PNP) has suffered a major setback in its election campaign in South West St. Ann with the hospitalisation of its candidate, Glenville Shaw.

An attempt to intimidate my people - Holness

Andrew Holness, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for West Central St. Andrew, says he will be seeking the help of the police and the Political Ombudsman to address recent drive-by shootings in the constituency.

Party supporter charged
A 36-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) supporter is to face the courts in St. Elizabeth tomorrow to answer to charges of breaches of the Firearms Act.

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