JLP, PNP move to get registered
The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is first out of the blocks in submitting documents to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to register with the election oversight body as part of a legislative requirement.
By next week, the People's National Party (PNP) will send its documents to the ECJ to begin the registration process.
In an advertisement published in the print media on Tuesday, the ECJ invited political parties to get registered with the commission, which is a requirement under the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2014.
Under the law, political parties that are not registered cannot contest national elections.
JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang told The Gleaner that his party had submitted its documents for registration last year, and if required, they would resend the information to the ECJ.
DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED NEXT WEEK
The PNP's general secretary, Julian Robinson, told The Gleaner yesterday that his party was in the process of completing the documents, after which they would be submitted to the ECJ early next week.
The ECJ will, on January 15, carry out the official launch of political parties registration. The election oversight body said that political parties that have completed the application process would be presented with their provisional certificate of registration at the launch.
In addition to registering with the ECJ, political parties will now come under greater scrutiny as their finances will be monitored by the commission. As part of the process, the political parties will be required to produce annual audited accounts to the ECJ. The parties will also be subject to regulations relating to how to finance their election campaigns.