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Seaga says a JLP win would right the balance
SEAGA, the JLP leader, says that this Thursday's Local Government
Elections would be an opportunity for Jamaicans to correct
what, he said, were some of the mistakes made in October when
the People's National Party was elected to administer the
affairs of central government.
a statement issued yesterday ahead of a broadcast to the nation
last night, he said the Local Government polls would give
the Jamaican electorate the opportunity to break up the PNP
"stranglehold" on power by giving support to Jamaica
Labour Party candidates.
PNP controls all 12 Parish Councils and the Kingston and St.
wonder they can do what they want with the people, no wonder
they can give you bad and corrupt government and unjust treatment,"
Mr. Seaga said. "The PNP Government, by controlling all
the levels of political power, knows that you have no way
of fighting back."
opposition leader said the JLP, by winning the 2003 Local
Government Elections, would be in a stronger position to balance
the power of government, to insist on better government, to
ensure more honest government and to pressure the PNP Government
to be responsive to the needs of the people.
the central government controlled by the PNP cannot respond
to the insistence of the JLP for better government, then with
parish councils in support we will be justified in saying
to the PNP Government, 'Shape up or ship out'," he said.
was critical, Mr. Seaga said, that the election be used to
redistribute political power with a better balance so that
the people would have an alternative.
appealing for support, Mr. Seaga said: "The JLP has 227
qualified candidates who are able and willing to serve you
PNP deceived by using $8 billion in the budget to finance
projects to help the PNP win their election campaign. People
now have to provide that $8 billion and more in new taxes
to close the gap," Mr. Seaga said.
new taxes will add 25 per cent to the cost of living. In addition,
the value of the dollar has slipped by 25 per cent since the
start of the year ... You are paying for the PNP victory last
year without being told or asked," he said.
Seaga blasted the Govern-ment's decision to replace the British
Privy Council with "the untried and untested" Caribbean
Court of Justice "which will be more sensitive to the
policies of government."