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JLP and PNP agree to local government debates

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) yesterday agreed to participate in two nationally televised, broadcasted and streamed local government debates to be organised by the Jamaica Debates Commission and staged between nomination day and election day when the elections are announced.

The agreement was reached at the offices of the commission, where the JLP was represented by Delroy Williams, executive director of the party's secretariat, and PNP Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson.

The parties also agreed that the two debates would involve teams of three members each, with the three members being a mix of either members of the Houses of Representatives or local government candidates.

Each debate will be for 90 minutes and will be moderated and have questions posed by a panel of journalists.

This is the second time the commission is staging local government debates. Before the last parochial elections, one team debate was staged at the studios of the Creative Production and Training Centre in Kingston.