Daily Gleaner election news, Thursday August 14

Written by JamaicaElections.com

14aug2007frt.jpgPNP’s compulsory attendance plan unrealistic - Jamaica Teachers’ Association president
Outgoing president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Hopeton Henry, yesterday described as unrealistic, a promise by the People’s National Party to mandate compulsory attendance and enrolment in schools as of 2010, if it wins the August 27 general election.

Golding a ‘profiler’, says Simpson Miller

Just days after the clash in the national debate between Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Jamaica Labour Party leader, Bruce Golding, Mrs. Simpson Miller has labelled Mr. Golding as a “profiler”.

Opposition Leader expects resounding win - Knocks PNP on promises

Contrary to the predictions of local pollsters and political pundits, Opposition Leader Bruce Golding says the upcoming general election will not be close. In fact, he is promising a resounding victory for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on August 27.

Transforming the force - New look, new style, greater accountability needed to tackle crime and violence
Manifestos: Today we return to the matter of crime in Jamaica. Given the severity of the problem we, like all concerned Jamaicans, are eager to find solutions that actually work and we are unwilling to accept the defeatist notion that murders and shootings are here to stay as an unmovable part of the landscape.

CRITIQUING THE DEBATE - Portia, Bruce: A Mismatch
The third and final debate between the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition was similarly a mismatch as the first between Drs. Phillips and Baugh.

‘Ban children from political motorcades’
With sporadic acts of violence taking place on the campaign trail leading up to the August 27 general election, Betty-Ann Blaine, convenor of the advocacy group, Hear the Children’s Cry, is calling for a ban to be placed on children taking part in political rallies and motorcades.

They really pursued the issues
The debates are now over and the two big guns have had their night at the podium. Let me, like many others, declare that Bruce Golding made a full sweep of the debate in all areas. Out of 10, I give him an eight and his opponent, Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller, a six out of 10.

People’s National Party (PNP) supporter stabbed to death
A People’s National Party (PNP) supporter was stabbed to death in Clarke’s Town, Trelawny, early Saturday morning and a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) activist arrested and charged with murder following a heated argument over politics.

Elderly travelled five miles for Sally
The music that blared from the sound systems was almost deafening. The streets were covered with supporters clad in yellow and orange colours but among the masses they stood.

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