JLP Chairman, Senator Robert Montague, says the party is far advanced in its preparations to win the next local government and general elections.

The JLP Chairman says its a timely juncture for the party to update the country on its preparations for the calling of elections.

He says all members of the JLP are pulling in the same direction, with the party’s primary objective being to take the majority of Jamaicans from poverty to prosperity.

Senator Montague says Jamaica cannot and must not celebrate poverty.

He says we must strive to end it.

He says the JLP’s third highest decision making body, the Standing Committee has been completed, by the inclusion of all Members of Parliament.

Senator Montague says the JLP Selection Committee, led by Andrew Holness, has settled on 58 of the 63 candidates for General Elections.

He says the party’s internal system is handling the filling of the five vacancies.

He says the next consultation to be done will be in North West St. Ann, where Othneil Lawrence is facing a challenge for the right to represent the party in the next election

Senator Montague says there’s some amount of interest in West Central St. Catherine, where the incumbent, Dr. Ken Baugh has indicated his desire not to seek re election.

The JLP Chairman says Councilor for the Point Hill Division in the St. Catherine Parish Council, Devon Wint is the only applicant for the seat at this point in time.

Councillor Wint has reportedly been interviewed and his application is being processed.

Senator Montague says the JLP will soon be embarking on an islandwide tour, explaining to the Jamaican people how it will take them from poverty to prosperity.

According to the JLP Chairman, the labour party is continuing to work towards rebuilding hope across the nation and laying the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.