General Elections

REGIONAL: PNP & JLP Agree to Political Debates Ahead of Next General Election

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:

Duke weighs run in general elections

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.

UNC gets 104 election nominations

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 calls Vasant Bharath's comments absurd

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:

Commonwealth Observers report - T&T elections conducted smoothly, democratically & professionally

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.