JLP & PNP Agree to Cancel Final Mass Rallies

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The Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party have both agreed to cancel tonight’s planned mass rallies.

The rallies were to be the final mass gatherings as the contentious campaign for the East Portland by election draws to a close.

The JLP had been granted permit to host their rally in Port Antonio Square tonight. But the Police expressed concerns when the PNP subsequently requested to host a rally in the nearby Folly area of the parish.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang says both parties met yesterday.

In the meantime, PNP Vice President, Mikael Phillips, is dismissing claims by the Police that his party agreed to stage their final meeting on Sunday night.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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