EXCLUSIVE: PNP manifesto revealed

Written by Ross Sheil

pnpmanifesto1.jpgIf re-elected the People’s National Party (PNP) promises to do more to reform the justice system and widen access to education, according to its manifesto, which was obtained in advance of its release tonight by JamaicaElections.com.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) released their manifesto 10 days earlier.

New courts dedicated to trying domestic abuse and mental health cases will be established; while the PNP has set a two year target, to establish in partnership with civil society, 16 shelters islandwide for victims, and persons threatened by, sex crimes.

Video evidence will be introduced as part of the ongoing modernisation of the justice system, testimony allowed from remote locations and an act regarding the collection of DNA evidence drafted.

School enrolment will be made compulsory by 2010, while by 2015 students in grades one to six will be ‘exposed’ to Spanish as a second language.

A national remedial education programme will be established to achieve 100 per cent literacy for school leavers within five years – the PNP had pledged in its 2002 manifesto to reach the target by 2007.

Click to download PDF versions of PNP and JLP manifestos.

Read the full story in today’s Daily Gleaner.

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