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no election until voters' list cleaned up says Shaw

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw.
A People’s National Party and Jamaica Labour Party supporter at Nine Miles, Bull Bay in St Andrew East Rural, on election day in March 2012.
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Opposition Spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, says no election should be held in Jamaica until the voters' list is cleaned up.

Saying that the matter of Jamaica's democracy is critical to the country's growth prospect, Shaw said Minister of Finance Dr Peter Phillips should ensure the provision of funds to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica with the resources to immediately commence an intensive programme of re-verification of electors on the voters' list.

"This will ensure the generation of a clean voter's list, which can be completed within six to nine months, once adequate funding is in place," Shaw said as he contributed to the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives last wee.

"No election should be held until a clean voter's list is generated," he added.

According to Shaw, having a clean voters' list will build investor confidence and preserve Jamaica's democracy by guaranteeing free and fair elections.

Jamaica is due to have local government elections by June. Some $1.4 billion is set aside in the 2015/2016 Budget for the registration of voters. A total of $3.1 billion has set aside as grants to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.