PM to sign off on lo­cal gov’t elec­tion date this week

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

PRIME MIN­IS­TER An­drew Hol­ness is ex­pected to set­tle on a date for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls this week after hold­ing cru­cial meet­ings with Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie and the chair­man of the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP), Robert Mon­tague.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions are due by De­cem­ber, based on laws passed last year when the elec­tions were pre­vi­ously due.

The JLP’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, Dr Ho­race Chang, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Cen­tre yes­ter­day that if the elec­tions are to be held this year, the prime min­is­ter has to make the de­ci­sion this week.

He said this would en­sure that funds are al­lo­cated in the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get, which is to go be­fore Par­lia­ment the first week of Novem­ber.

No money was set aside for lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls in the 2016-2017 Na­tional Bud­get that was ap­proved in May.

Chang de­clined say whether Hol­ness was con­sid­er­ing the elec­tions for late next month or early De­cem­ber, the time pe­ri­ods many are spec­u­lat­ing for the polls.

Mean­while, the gen­eral sec­re­tary said the party’s elec­tion ma­chin­ery is ready and all 227 can­di­dates are in place.

Last month, the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) cam­paign di­rec­tor for lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, Noel Arscott, said all its can­di­dates were in place.

The JLP will be bank­ing on the mo­men­tum from its shock gen­eral elec­tion win, the re­moval of aux­il­iary fees, and the tax break to help it win some of the coun­cils.

The Elec­toral Of­fice of Ja­maica has been ad­ver­tis­ing for elec­tion day work­ers. to

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