The Kingston & St. Andrew Action Forum (KSAAF), a community development group, which rose to prominence by advocating controversial policies such as condoms availability in school and curfews for children on school night, is brewing with uncertainty as an imminent election is expected Sunday, November 29, 2009.
For the first time since the inception of the organization six (6) years ago, Mr. Godfrey Lothian, who currently occupies the post as President, is being challenged. It is also still unclear whether Lawman Lynch, who holds the office of 1st Vice President, will have a challenger. Mean time the office of the 2nd Vice President is being contested by three aspirants.
Under Lothian leadership the KSAAF has received budgetary support of over forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00) from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), over a three (3) year period, and additional grant funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Among many of the achievements of the organization, which started out of the UNDP Civic Dialogue Programme have been: lobbying the PNP Administration while it formed Government for a percentage of the GCT to go directly to community development; Insisting there be a curfew for children on school nights; Proposal for condom availability in schools and the “Get the guns off the street campaign”.
The Youth Organization attached to KSAAF is scheduled, also, to have an election before November 29, so far, Lynch whose responsibility entails the youth arm has been without a declared running opponent; the situation may change give that nominations are still open.
If both Lothian and Lynch are re-elected, they would be serving a fourth term, and would be the longest serving executives of the organization. Elections are set for Sunday November 29, 2009 at the Mico University College.