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PNP’S refusal to debate is disgraceful says G2K

G2K | 2016-02-12 00:00:00

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, has categorized the announcement of the People’s National Party (PNP), that it will not participate in a national debate, as “simply disgraceful”. This statement comes against the background of PM Portia Simpson-Miller, through PNP General Secretary Paul Burke, informing the country of their decision to not participate in the national debates.

President of the G2K, Matthew Samuda, stated “This announcement can only be categorized as a threat to Jamaican Democracy and that it is disgraceful for leaders to shun an opportunity to engage the electorate on issues”.  Samuda continued “This is the latest of a plethora of instances where Mrs. Simpson-Miller and the PNP have deliberately distanced themselves from events that will hold them accountable for their mismanagement of the country over the past four years.”

Vice President of G2K, Stephen Edwards, added that “uncommitted voters are extremely interested in debates on national issues. The debates would allow them an opportunity to hear the details of the plans being put forward by the political parties and use that information to vote responsibly. It is irresponsible for the PNP to hold the country hostage by refusing to participate in the National Debates. The JLP, by agreeing to participate in the debates, shows that it is the party that cares about the real issues of the people.”

Generation 2000, like Civil Society groups, is shocked and in dismay at the PNP’s announcement.  The organization is calling on the National Integrity Action (NIA) to remain true to its mandate and join with these groups and truly advocate for a debate so the nation can benefit from hearing from its leaders.

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