The Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) has confirmed that both the Peoples National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have agreed, in principle, to participate in up to three political debates to be organized and staged by the Commission, ahead of Jamaica’s next General Elections.
Constitutionally, Jamaica’s next general election is due between February 25, 2021 and June 10, 2021. However, the Prime Minister may call an election ahead of the due date.
In an official statement, the JDC explains that the three debates will comprise:
Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke is considering contesting next year's general election.
Duke said so while addressing media personnel during a symbolic bonfire at the rooftop of the association's headquarters at Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday.
The Opposition UNC immediately received 104 nominations for Local Government and general election areas when the party opened nominations on Monday.
UNC PRO Anita Haynes confirmed this following first-day activities on Monday. The party opened nominations for all Local Government corporation seats and for general election seats which the UNC doesn’t hold and which are currently held by the PNM.
Haynes said 84 people collected forms for Local Government seats and 20 for general election seat.
UNC chairman David Lee is calling statements made by Vasant Bharath absurd.
During an interview, Mr. Bharath said the UNC could not win a General Elections if it was called now.
The following is the full press release from the UNC chairman:
The Caricom Observer team for the General Elections in Jamaica, is happy with the manner in which the elections were conducted and says the will of the people has prevailed.
The following is a statement from the Observer team:
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has released the report of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Trinidad and Tobago’s parliamentary elections on September 7th 2015 and it's praising this country for the smooth running of the election and professionalism of the EBC.
It called the election "credible and transparent".
The election was won by the Opposition People’s National Movement, led by Dr Keith Rowley, with 23 seats in the 41-seat Parliament, defeating the incumbent United National Congress party.