PAM officials have said that they are happy with what they described as a large cross section of the East Basseterre Community that packed the Newtown Community Center on Wednesday night, 3rd October, 2012, to hear the message of political aspirant, Mr. Ian Patches Liburd.
It was the first in a series of Town Hall meetings being organized by the People’s Action Movement and newly elected leader, Shawn Richards, the parliamentary representative for Sandy Point.
Liburd, who is the President of the Newtown Sports Club, an entertainer, sports enthusiast, community activist and host of the popular Voices program on WINN FM, styled his presentation as a message of Change through Unity.
His theme spoke to the concept of inclusion and the embracing of persons of all political persuasions, for the common goal of making the country a better place to live. According to PAM officials, this message resonated loudly throughout the packed room of residents and constituents of East Basseterre.
“The enthusiastic crowd expressed their concerns about the many issues that are plaguing not only residents of East Basseterre, but also the entire country. The gross lack of development in the community, infrastructural and otherwise as well as representation, crime, unemployment and the recent land swap bill, that was recently tabled, were some of the concerns raised,” said a PAM release.
During the presentation of PAM’s leader, Shawn Richards, he spoke to his plans for the party leading up to the elections, and for the country as Prime Minister. The meeting was also addressed by People’s Action Movement Deputy Chairperson, Jonel Powell, who spoke to the issue of electoral reform, which he stated remains an important matter that needs to be addressed and tackled, said PAM officials.
The Chairperson of the East Basseterre PAM Activities committee, Natasha Grey, indicated that, “As a party we are certainly pleased with the turnout. However the large turnout and the even larger number of concerns, regarding the state of affairs in the community and country, serves to confirm what is being felt, and that is, our country is at its lowest ebb and our people are looking for a glimmer of hope and a light at the end of the tunnel of despair that has been created by this Labour Government. And the people are looking to the People’s Action Movement to lead them to that light.”
The People’s Action Movement will be hosting a similar Town Hall meeting in Cayon during the course of next week. Further details on time and place will be issued in a subsequent notice, said the release.