The Opposition PNP is however maintaining that it would not be contesting this By election exercise so close to general elections to facilitate an internal political settlement to benefit the JLP and not the people of the constituency nor the people of Jamaica who must now pay the bill. The party will instead intensify its preparation for general elections.
According to a media release today the Party’s General Secretary Julian Robinson it will not be party to any contrived By Election, reasonably expected to cost the Electoral Office of Jamaica some $30 million dollars, when general elections, expecting to cost over one billion dollars, are due within months.
The PNP said while it wished Mr. Spencer well in his retirement, his resignation has not been occasioned by any personal or national emergency, but by the political exigencies of the JLP to settle the political wrangling between Senators Pearnel Charles, Jnr. and Robert Morgan.
The PNP pointed out that at a JLP meeting last month, the Prime Minister, who has the constitutional right of calling election, said he was getting ready for the general elections. Consequently, the PNP General Secretary said, both parties and the EOJ have been preparing for elections.
“The People’s National Party respects the right of the people of South East Clarendon to have Parliamentary representation, but has no intention of following the JLP into this unnecessary and wasteful political exercise which will be a carnival of spending state resources, as were the cases in the two previous by elections,” Mr. Robinson said.
He said the indecent haste to ship Mr. Spencer off to a diplomatic post is proof positive that the JLP has no confidence in its ability to win the upcoming general election when Jamaicans are overwhelmed with murder, fearful crime, unprecedented governmental corruption and a stagnating economy which is leading to significant income disparity and low growth.
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