Speaking recently on RJR’s Beyond The Headlines news magazine programme, Dr, Chang said in addition to the increased interest in the local government poll, the JLP base has become more energised, which will help the party secure an overwhelming majority of the divisions.
Local Government elections have traditionally been more low keyed than general elections, and figures from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) for the last parish council poll in 2012, showed that voter turnout was a little more than 34 per cent.
However, Dr. Chang noted data gathered by the party has shown that there is renewed interest in local government.
"We're going out there with a confidence that there is interest in this election and that we will win the majority of parish councils," asserted the JLP general secretary.
On the other hand, the People's National Party (PNP) Deputy General Secretary, Julian Robinson, says the Secretariat is preparing to use everything in its arsenal to retain all of the parish councils.
He says says a specific plan has been implemented to ensure that this takes place.
"We are very focused on targeting specific seats that we know can make a difference in specific councils and that is where our attention is going to be," he declared. He noted that the PNP had a good record at the local government level that can be maintained.
"We have a record to campaign on...parish council roads, drains - they've been able to do quite a bit. It's not enough. It's never enough, but I think a number of the councils have a track record and they will campaign on their own track record," he insisted.
The November 28 Local Goverment election was announced on Thursday by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie.
However, the EOJ has said it is hard-pressed to complete a number of immediate deliverables that would ideally require a lot more time.
These include the printing of Nomination Day lists for distribution to candidates on Election Day as well as completing the recruitment and training of more than 30,000 Election Day workers.
But former Local Government Minister Arscott says the EOJ was aware that the election was due this year. He says, with some extra hours of work, the EOJ should be able to successfully conduct the polls.
The EOJ says that it expects to receive by Monday $220 million of the $1.3 billion budgeted for the holding of the election.
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