Get Counted and Rescues Jamaica from the PNP's Bad Governance

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 19:00

The Youth Arm of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Young Jamaica, has signaled its intent to aggressively drum up support for the JLP for the upcoming elections as the organization held the official launch of its 'Get Counted' campaign. This initiative commenced during a ceremony marking the re-commissioning of the Young Jamaica chapter in the constituency of West Rural St. Andrew.

The meeting held at the Stony Hill Heart Academy, saw in attendance the caretaker for the constituency and recently appointed deputy spokesperson on Health and Healthy Lifestyles, Mrs. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, sitting KSAC councillors Tasha Schwapp (Stony Hill) and John Myers (Lawrence Tavern) as well executive members of Young Jamaica and other specially invited youth representatives from across the parish.

Young Jamaica says 'Get Counted' is the latest project to be undertaken and is led by President Howard Chamberlain JR. which purpose is to target individuals of all age groups to become enumerated before the next voter's list closure date on March 31, 2015. It says it is a necessary move to ensure that more youth will have the ability to vote in the increasing likelihood that elections are held before the end of this year.

During the evening's main address, the president bemoaned the general apathy of unregistered and undecided voters with the political process. He cautioned against the unfair perception that both parties are the same by declaring that "we (the JLP) don't believe in giving handouts, we believe in creating opportunities." He urged young Jamaicans especially, to become activists and get enumerated, arguing that it is through exercising this right they will be not just be considered as the 'articulate minority'.

Addressing matters concerning the internal party developments of recent days, Mr. Chamberlain called for unity and strength in numbers to reclaim state power in the next elections. He also directed for party faithful to "jealously protect" their Members of Parliament as well as party leader Andrew Holness from all forms of attack or abuse.

The CCJ was also addressed, with President Chamberlain issuing a denouncement of the regional court, stating that he wished not to surrender his justice system to "another failed CARICOM process". Instead, he supported remaining with the Privy Council while at the same time called on the nation to explore the creation of its own local final court of appellant jurisdiction. Cavon Jones was officially inducted as the Chapter Head for the West Rural St. Andrew Young Jamaica Chapter 

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