Local gov’t election date expected today
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.”