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$2.4 billion for elections

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:29 AM
Glasspole Brown, Jamaica's director of elections.
Glasspole Brown, Jamaica's director of elections.

With Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader and Prime Minister Andrew Holness signalling that a general election could be held this year, the Government has set aside $2.4 billion in the 2020-2021 Estimates of Expenditure for the holding of elections.

The Estimates of Expenditure was tabled yesterday in Gordon House by Finance and the Public Service Minister Nigel Clarke.

Already, the two main political parties have been revving up their political machineries in recent times with the staging of a number of meetings in various constituencies as they woo voters for the national polls constitutionally due in 2021.

Late last week, the JLP leader suggested that his party was likely to return to Jamaica House if the general election was called soon. He was delivering a lecture at the University of Missouri in the United States for Black History Month. He told the audience that although the JLP won by a slim majority in the 2016 general election, current polls indicate that the Government was likely to be returned to power.

Ahead of a national poll, the ruling party has called a by-election for Clarendon South East with the departure of Rudyard Spencer. However, the Peter Phillips-led People’s National Party (PNP) has said it would not field a candidate to do battle with the JLP’s Pearnel Charles Jr for the seat. The PNP has called on Holness to announce a date for the general election.