The Jamaica Progressive Party (JPP), one of the four political parties given the go-ahead to contest the general election, is taking issue with being excluded from planned talks between the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) to discuss campaign issues.
Speaking in the aftermath of Tuesday’s declaration in Parliament by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the nation will go to the polls on Thursday, September 3, Robert Rainford, the JPP’s general secretary, released a statement bemoaning his party’s exclusion from the planned talks.
“This is an affront to the electoral process as there are four political parties registered to contest elections in Jamaica,” said Rainford.
“Is this allowed under the political code of conduct? Come on, Parliamentary Ombudsman! We need some answers,” he added.
The JPP describes the omission from the talks as tribal politics at work.
“Wilmot Perkins, of blessed memory, must be turning in his grave as he described the politics of Jamaica as ‘the fight for scarce benefits and spoils carried on by hostile tribes who are perpetually at war’. This is very disgraceful coming so close to our Emancipation and our Independence,” charged Rainford.