Jamaica Flag Flown Half-Mast Today In Tribute To Fidel Castro

Fidel Jamaica.pngThe Jamaican flag will fly at half-mast today (Dec. 2nd), on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuban Fidel Castro Ruz who died on Friday, November 25.

Jamaica will join the rest of Caricom in the symbolic gesture of condolence to mark Mr. Castro’s passing and mourn with the people of Cuba.

Prime Minister Holness expressed condolences to the people of Cuba and Mr. Castro’s family as he led a Jamaican delegation on Tuesday, November 29 to attend the official private mass for the former President in Havana, Cuba.

The Prime Minister said Mr. Castro was an outstanding leader who though coming from a Caribbean island developing state, has had the greatest impact on world history. He added that Castro will be remembered for his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

Cuba is observing a period of national mourning which will end on December 4.

Jamaica and Cuba have strong bilateral relations particularly in the areas of education and health.

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Andrew Holness Ends Campaign With Heartfelt Letter [Must Read]

00-Andrew JALast night, Andrew Holness, leader of the opposition, ended his campaign with a heartfelt letter to his supporters. He wrote:

Friends,

We have begun an incredible journey together. I have enjoyed the questions, advice, and comments about our vision. I am inspired by your commitment for a better Jamaica. I have no doubt that our best days are in front of us.

I know you can feel the change in the air. Yet, do not leave this election to chance because no matter how much we engage on Facebook, nothing matters unless you turn your comments, shares, and likes into votes. Do not let your voice be silenced by staying home. We cannot allow this journey toward a brighter future end tomorrow. This is our time to lead.

So, get up early, grab neighbours, and head to the polls. We have a lot of work to do together in our partnership for prosperity. I thank you for all your support and I humbly ask for your vote.

Andrew

JLP Creates Website Explaining Its Ten Point Plan (@JLPJamaica)

HolnessVSshawIn an effort to ensure Jamaicans understand the 10 point plan, the Jamaica Labor Party, headed by Andrew Holness, has created a website geared at showing exactly how the plan works.

The web address is http://10pointplan.com. Persons are asked to visit the site before going to the polls tomorrow as it clearly explains how everyone earning 1.5M or less will benefit.

Audley Shaw Writes Letter to Electoral Comission of Jamaica Regarding Fake Electoral ID Cards (@JLPJamaica)

ecjlogoOpposition Spokesperson on Finance & Planning, Audley Shaw, wrote to the ECJ earlier regarding the manufacturing of fake Electoral ID Cards. The letter is as follows:

Hon. Dorothy Pine McLarty
Chairman
Electoral Commission of Jamaica

Dear Mrs Pine Mclarty,

Re: Reports of Illegal Production and Distribution of Fake Identification Cards to persons for the purpose of Voter Impersonation.

I have received several disturbing reports of the existence of portable ID card making machines being used to make and distribute fake electoral ID cards, which are apparently to be used illegally by persons who will attempt to vote tomorrow in the name of dead and migrated people who are on the voters list.

You are aware of my often expressed concern both in parliament and in meetings with the ECJ, about the large number of names of dead and migrated persons on the voters list, while I have steadfastly maintained presents the increased potential for electoral fraud through voter impersonation.

I have been equally troubled and find it quite omnious that the Government has been silent on its failure to issue the necessary warrants for the budgeted expenditure to be made by the ECJ to clean up the voters list.

The silence of the Government on this matter, combined with the reports I have received of this illegal production and distribution of ID cards, leads me to place the ECJ and every well thinking Jamaican who wishes to protect our democracy, to be on high alert to ensure that voter impersonation with fake ID cards does not happen in tomorrows General Elections.

Accordingly, I now formally request that the ECJ and the Director of Elections immediately take immediate preventative actions to block any such egregious act at our polling stations tomorrow.

Specifically; steps should be taken to; (1) Instruct all Presiding Officers to look out for these fake cards and ensure strick adherence to the use of the black book for a positive identification of the elector and ensure that the person is not in fact an impersonator. (2) Ensure that the Presiding Officer give indoor agents full access to the black book to satisfy the agents of the positive identification of the elector. (3) Take steps to refer any such attempt at voter impersonation to the Police so that the perpretrator can be arrested for the commitment of an illegal act.

I have brought this matter to your attention as in the absence of a clean reverified voters list, all necessary steps must be taken by the ECJ to uphold the principle of free and fair elections.

Yours respectfully
Audley Shaw

cc. Mr. Orret Fisher
Director of Elections.

Andrew Holness Calls Last Night Shooting “An Attack On Democracy” (@AndrewHolnessJM @jlpjamaica)

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Andrew Holness

After what started out as a peaceful gathering of JLP supporters at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay last night, the evening ended in tragedy as several shots were fired. The shooting began while the leader of the opposition was addressing the crowd. The rally ended prematurely and we are learning today that three persons were killed and seven injured. Andrew Holness responded with the following comment:

After what can only be described as an attack on our very democracy and our democratic process resulting in the death and injury of Jamaicans and the endangerment of thousands of others hungry for change, I woke up with a determination to rid Jamaica of crime and violence. I want to encourage Jamaicans not to be afraid, not to be intimidated, but to stand with us as we take back our country from criminals. Let us continue to forge ahead with our plans to create a prosperous, crime free Jamaica. #JoinusinaPartnershipforProsperity #JamaicaLabourParty

Will Jamaicans Choose An Increase In Crime And Unemployment, Or Will They Seek Change?

00-andrew n portia cartoon As Jamaica’s general election draws near, many are wondering if the people will vote for more crime and unemployment, or will they vote for change. Before I begin this article it is important that I make it clear that I am not affiliated with either party. I, like you, am just someone who loves the beautiful island of Jamaica and wants what is best for it and its people.

Four years ago after the People’s National Party’s landslide victory, I remember going to get my hair done, and being told by the stylist that things will be much better now that the PNP is in charge. Growing up overseas, I was unfamiliar with Jamaica’s political parties and its political processes. What was very clear to me however, was that every Jamaican was either a laborite (supporter of the Jamaica Labor Party), or a comrade (supporter of the People’s National Party); even those who say they are uncommitted tend to be passionate about one of the two parties. You see, the stylist, much like many Jamaicans, connected with the PNP in an inexplicable way. After paying close attention, I soon realized that the masses were not connecting with the PNP because they are the better party, in fact, most Jamaicans will openly admit that the JLP does a better job at running the country. However, the PNP have mastered the art of poli-tricking. Again, let me state that I am not officially linked with either party and I have never voted in Jamaica, nor can I. That being said, it does not take a genius to read the PNP’s playbook.

From what I have seen, the People’s National Party has managed to remain in power for so many years because they support and encourage lawlessness, poverty and instability. And although some Jamaicans will deny it, the reality is that a lot of us have become accustomed to a lawless hustling way of life. I have spoken with police officers who were very open about being able to hustle money from members of the public when the PNP is in power and getting away with it. The same officers also confessed that when the JLP is in power, if they are caught doing any wrongs they stand a greater chance at being admonished than when the PNP is in power. I have personally been robbed by two police officers in 2013 in Westmorland, and I can recount so many other stories that my friends and colleagues have shared about similar experiences. Additionally, Jamaica’s murder rate has gotten out of control since the People’s National Party came into power a few years ago. It got so bad that at one point the National Minister of Security, Peter Bunting, reportedly said that “the country needs Devine intervention.” This was interpreted as he was unable to do the job which he was elected to do, which is to secure the people of Jamaica.

In the last general election, the PNP’s campaign was all about JEEP (Jamaica Emergency Employment Program). The PNP government swept into power promising Jamaicans jobs, jobs and more jobs. Unfortunately, the JEEP broke down months into the PNP’s term leaving thousands of Jamaicans still out of work and frustrated.

So here we are again, another election is just around the corner and the people of Jamaica get to decide on their security, employment, or lack thereof. Will Jamaicans choose an increase in crime and unemployment or will they seek change?