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Government still looking to hold early elections despite poll numbers

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 10:07 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips. Phillips gave the indication the government was seriously considering early elections during the Call the Finance Minister segment of Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM this morning.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has indicated that the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration is forging ahead with plans for an early election despite unfavourable poll numbers.

Phillips gave the indication the government was seriously considering early elections during the Call the Finance Minister segment of Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM this morning.

A caller questioned why the Government was looking to hold costly early elections despite its clear majority in the House of Representatives.

However, Phillips said it could cost the country more if investors are uncertain about the political situation in Jamaica:

 

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips

Phillips also noted that there was clear support from the Private Sector for an early election.

 

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips

Analysts have suggested that the prime Minister may want to rethink plans for an early election given her plunging favourability rating and the fact that the majority of Jamaicans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.