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ECJ says process already in train for fixed by-elections

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 7:29 PM
Dr Peter Phillips on Sunday told comrades at the People's National Party's 79th annual conference that his government would move to introduce fixed dates for by elections.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it is well advanced in proposing amendments to the Representation of the People Act for the holding of by-elections within a prescribed time.

In a statement released today, the ECJ said by convention it usually deals with the process of introducing legislation on electoral matters.

The ECJ's statement comes three days after Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips told comrades at the People's National Party's 79th annual conference that his government would move to introduce fixed dates for by elections.

The Commission also said it is conducting research in other countries which currently have fixed dates for National Elections.

Three by-elections are now due.

They are in St Andrew South previously held by Dr Omar Davies, St Andrew South West, held by Portia Simpson Miller, and St Mary South East, held by the late Dr Winston Green.