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Party Representatives from Jamaica confirmed for participation in South Florida forum on Jamaica’s National Election

MIRAMAR – The Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States will host a Community Conversation and Town Hall Meeting, titled “Elections 2007: Our Vision for Jamaica’s Future”, on Thursday, July 26, 2007, 6pm to 8:30pm, at the City of Miramar City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Place in Miramar.

The Town Hall meeting will welcome a community conversation with representatives from Jamaica’s two main political parties, the People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), local media and community leaders, and the voice and input of Jamaicans in the Diaspora.

Phillip Paulwell

Phillip Paulwell, current Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science & Technology (with Energy) and parliamentary representative for East Kingston/Port Royal will represent the People’s National Party and Edmund Bartlett, Opposition Spokesman on Tourism & Diaspora Affairs and parliamentary representative for East Central St. James will represent the Jamaica Labour Party.

Ed Bartlett

“This community forum will present a great opportunity for Jamaicans in the Diaspora to hear the visions of both political parties on one stage and to engage in an unprecedented dialogue on the future of Jamaica,” stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.

On July 8, 2007, at a mass rally in Half-Way Tree, Kingston, after announcing all parliamentary candidates, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller announced that nominations will take place on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 and national elections officially on Monday, August 27, 2007.

Print, radio, and internet media partners in the local South Florida community are expected to play an integral role in facilitating the dialogue. The public is welcome to participate.

The engagement of the citizens of any nation is the bedrock of the democratic process. For Jamaicans, this is just as important for those who are on island and those living overseas.

We hope that this town hall meeting will open the dialogue of the elections in Jamaica,” stated Winston Barnes, Commissioner, City of Miramar and renowned broadcaster with WAVS 1170AM and formerly with RJR Jamaica.

“We will use the platform of the internet to pose questions to representatives of both parties in an informal setting and to discuss issues of importance to all Jamaicans wherever they may reside,” stated Xavier Murphy, webmaster of Jamaicans.Com, a website community for Jamaicans worldwide.

Community Partners include the City of Miramar, Air Jamaica, Infinite Markets, My Virtual Office, HOT 105, News/Talk 1080AM WTPS, WAVS 1170AM, Mystik1400AM, Jamaicans.com, SouthFloridaCaribbeanNews.Com, Caribbean National Weekly, Caribbean Today, The Broward Times, Caribbean-American Commentary, Carib Voice, Princess PM Productions, The Miami Herald, Miami Gardens Observer, Sun-Sentinel, Black PR Wire, among others.

For more information on the Town Hall Meeting on the upcoming national elections at the Miramar City Hall, call 786-349-2584 or email [email protected].

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