PNP President, Dr Peter Phillips, M.P., said all the Party’s candidates have been duly nominated and calls upon the Jamaican people to end the reign of the JLP government which has been characterized by a litany of corruption crises and abuse of power.
He said the time has come for a government for the people, who put their concerns first and will establish policies to improve their standards of living significantly.
The Party said in the last four and a half years of the JLP administration the country has experienced a record number of murders and violence in many communities throughout the island. More than 7000 of our citizens, across the demographic spectrum, have been murdered and many more faced horrific episodes of violence from an expanding registry of violent gangs.
The JLP administration has presided over an unprecedented level of nepotism, cronyism, and corruption within the state apparatus, which has resulted in the misappropriation of more than $14 Billion of taxpayers’ funds.
Under the JLP administration, there has been an unparalleled movement of prices on basic food items, and the widening of the gap between the haves and have-nots. No amount of public relations gimmickry can camouflage the reality of an increased cost of living for most ordinary citizens.
The PNP said in the coming days, the Party’s candidates would make the case against this JLP administration which has brought misery onto the Jamaican society, especially on the most vulnerable among us. In every year of the last four years, students at the tertiary level have faced increases in tuition and other fees associated with their education.
Despite the many promises and announcements about the purchasing of laptops for students and teachers, no laptop has been delivered a single student in four and a half years.
The Jamaican dollar has suffered its worse slippage against the US currency in generations, standing at more than JMD$150 to US$1. When the PNP administration left office in 2016, the exchange rate was JMD$120 to the US$1.
When the PNP left office, the economy was poised for growth because the macro-economic foundation was stable; inflation was 3% in that year, the lowest in 40 years; and both consumer and business confidence was trending upwards and positive.
We are confident that on September 3, the people of Jamaica will finally put an end to the continuous episode of corruption and maladministration that has become the hallmark of the Andrew Holness-led JLP government.
“What we have seen is prosperity for a few and total suffering for the majority; we cannot build a society on injustice and inequality,” the PNP said.
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