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111 politicians file election expenses so far

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 6:12 PM
ECJ chairperson Dorothy Pine McClarty ... more politicians are expected to submit their expenses this week.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has confirmed that only 111 politicians have so far submitted election expenses for the February 2016 general elections.

One hundred and fifty-two candidates contested the February 25 polls.

The ECJ says the names of the 41 delinquents will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for her attention and possible action.

ECJ chairperson Dorothy Pine McClarty says more politicians are expected to submit their expenses this week.

Number of candidates:
Total - 152
JLP - 63
PNP - 63
Other parties and independents - 26

Number filed:
Total - 111
JLP - 49
PNP - 44
Other parties and independents - 18

Number outstanding:
Total - 41
JLP - 14
PNP - 19
Other parties and independents - 8

Under Jamaican law, candidates who contested the general election must file returns by six weeks after the polls.

However, several politicians missed the April 6 deadline.

In accordance with Section 101 of the Representation of the People Act, any candidate or his agent who fails to make a return or makes a false declaration in his return commits an offence.

Such persons are liable to pay a fine of between $20,000 and $80,000 on conviction before the Circuit Court.

COMING WEDNESDAY IN THE GLEANER: See the declared spending of candidates in the February 25 election.