(CMR) Jamaican Member of Parliament for South East St Ann Lisa Hanna has said that her campaign for presidency of the People’s National Party will be void of any divisive behaviour which she said was a “contributing factor” to the party’s defeat in the September 3 General Election.
Hanna encouraged her supporters, including those in the social media space, bloggers, as well as party members-at-large, to stay clear of ‘below the belt’ and ‘out of bounds’ commentaries and attacks.
Hanna said that the Jamaican people had come to see the PNP as a divided unit, and that many, especially the young, have only associated the party with internal leadership conflicts and bitter campaigns.
The perception of division, she said, must be dispelled as the Party rebuilds, renews, and refocuses on its core principles. “There cannot and must not be a rerun of previous divisive leadership campaigns. The public has rejected this type of politics, and we must take stock of the incredible damage it has caused to the Party and its devoted members.”
“When the PNP is divided, nobody wins, especially the Jamaican people. We must campaign on our merits and commit to a respectful debate based on our vision and programme of development for Jamaica and not vitriol,”said Hanna
“For the past thirteen years, I have served at all levels of the Party; however, my best moments are those on the ground, organizing and working directly with comrades across the island. I have worked in every election, and as Region One’s Chairman for eight (8) years. Therefore, I can confidently say that I know what it means to give of one’s time to make sure we all win,” she added.
Hanna said that she will leverage her party experience, especially among the leadership, and her broad support nationally and internationally to unify the PNP in the days and weeks ahead.