Daily Gleaner election news, Wednesday August 15

Written by JamaicaElections.com

15aug2007frt.jpgEOJ, Ombudsman move to quash election violence
In an effort to end the existing political tension in two constituencies, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) and Political Ombudsman, Bishop Herro Blair, have called a meeting for today with four candidates.

‘People’s National Party (PNP) Disability Act deadline unrealistic’
Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, Ransford Wright, has described as unrealistic, promises made by the People’s National Party (PNP) to pass the National Disability Act by December.

Breaking loose - Garrison youths seek to break free of political ties
His face was a study in contrasts. One moment he was a typical teenager, smiling and speaking in hushed tones with the young ladies seated on either side. A minute later his eyes were flashing with anger and resentment. Voice raised, he gestured, first in defiance, then in frustration.

Political debates and the Fourth Estate: another perspective
One position most people seem to agree on regarding the recently concluded series of political debates, is that they were entertaining although to varying degrees.

Women should rise above negative political criticisms’
Women in politics should not allow themselves to be distracted by negative criticisms, St. Lucian Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Tessa Mangal says.

Parchment praises Portia as a woman of strength

Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament Verna Parchment has again endorsed Portia Simpson Miller for the job of Prime Minister.

Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) welcomes plan for tax break by PNP
President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Wayne Cummings, has welcomed the People’s National Party’s (PNP) manifesto pledge to offer a tax break to small hoteliers.

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) backs Brazil pacts but still wary - Welcomes direct flights but cautious about opening new embassy
The Opposition is welcoming an agreement signed between the Jamaican Government and Brazil for the introduction of direct flights between the two countries, but is expressing caution about plans to open an embassy in the South American nation.

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