Clarendon Youth Leader Set to Represent JLP in Local Government Elections
Local Government elections have been postponed until at least December 2016, but that hasn’t deterred the outspoken youth leader, Dei Freckleton, from throwing his hat in the ring. Freckleton, a visible youth leader in the parish of Clarendon, and often a critic of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, has been selected as the JLP councillor candidate for the May Pen West Division. In an interview with Talk Jamaica Radio, Mr. Freckleton says he feels leaders in both political parties have given the youth a raw deal, and as a youth leader, he believes he has a lot to offer in restoring hope.
Pressed as to why he chose the JLP over the PNP, Mr. Freckleton stated that he “hardly sees much difference in both parties, however history will show that Jamaica grew more under a JLP administration.” According to Freckleton choosing the JLP was therefore a “mere formality.” Freckleton says he wanted to stay away from politics but “could no longer sit by and watch the blatant deterioration of the value of the Jamaican people.” Although he doesn’t see politics as a long term career, he wants to dedicate at least 15 years to the people who have long been tricked by a “the scheme of a broken political system and bad representation.” As to whether he will give up his role as a youth leader, Freckleton said that he doesn’t have to be the direct leader to make a positive impact with the youth in Clarendon.