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JLP to Gov't: Don't call elections before new voters' list is ready

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 10:05 AM
JLP Deputy Chairman, Aundre Franklin, told a meeting of the party’s central executive on Sunday that there was an increase in the number of persons seeking to get enumerated before the September 30 cut-off point for the November voters' list.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is urging the Government not to call general elections before the next voters’ list is ready.

JLP Deputy Chairman, Aundre Franklin, told a meeting of the party’s central executive on Sunday that there was an increase in the number of persons seeking to get enumerated before the September 30 cut-off point for the November voters' list.

Franklin says based on reports received, there is strong interest among newly enumerated voters to participate in the next General Elections.

He says the Central Executive is strongly of the view that calling an election with mere weeks to go before a new list is ready would amount to disenfranchisement of voters.

Meanwhile, the Party's General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says the party has now finalised 59 candidates of the 63 needed to complete the JLP's slate for the upcoming elections.

Chairman of the People’s National Party Robert Pickersgill has said his party has set an October 5 target to finalise its 63 proposed candidates for the next general election.