President of the Opposition People’s National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, says the PNP will ‘vigorously defend’ its control of parish councils across the country.

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Her comment comes with three weeks to go for local government elections on November 28.

Mrs. Simpson Miller says all PNP Councillors and candidates must adapt what she describes as the “Portia Formula” to secure victory.

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Meanwhile, Mrs. Simpson Miller is criticising Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, for comments he made about crime in the lead up to the General Elections in February.

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Mrs Simpson-Miller was speaking yesterday at the PNP’s Public Session of Local Government Candidates’ Meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Downtown, Kingston.

More than 900 people have been killed across the country since the start of the year.

Meanwhile, Senior PNP member, Dr. Peter Phillips, is calling on all party supporters to ensure its candidates are successful at the polls.

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In the meantime…as controversy continues over allocations for parish council projects, Dr. Phillips is charging that the affairs of local government should not be mixed with the issues of Central Government.

He says local government has its own authority, adding that this must be defended in the PNP’s campaign message.

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He says councillors must have the power to carry out projects without the interference of Central Government.

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