Lo­cal gov’t elec­tion date ex­pected to­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­CAL GOVERN­MENT Min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie is ex­pected to­day to an­nounce a date for lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, which are due be­fore the end of this year.

In a Ja­maica Labour Party press ad­vi­sory last evening, McKen­zie in­di­cated that he would make a spe­cial lo­cal govern­ment an­nounce­ment at mid­day to­day.

Chair­man of the Ja­maica Labour Party Robert Mon­tague will join McKen­zie for a pub­lic meet­ing at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in down­town Kingston, where they are likely to dis­close the date for the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated polls. Un­der the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act, nom­i­na­tion day shall be at least five clear days af­ter the an­nounce­ment of an elec­tion. The law also pro­vides for elec­tion day to be at least 16 days, or not more than 23 days, af­ter nom­i­na­tion day. The Gleaner yes­ter­day re­ported that Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions Or­rette Fisher had sig­nalled that the win­dow for call­ing lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions be­fore year end was clos­ing rapidly. Fisher said: “My ideal, in or­der to be re­ally fully pre­pared, is three months, but I can work with two months. You be­gin to get a lit­tle ner­vous once it goes be­low that.”


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