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Debate on campaign finance law amendments to start today

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 9:11 AM

The House of Representatives is expected to begin debating amendments to the law to regulate the financing of political campaigns today.

The House is scheduled to meet this afternoon at two o'clock. 

The bill titled the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2015 was tabled in the Lower House on October 28. 

Leader of Government Business in the House, Phillip Paulwell is also expected to update the Parliament on steps to be taken to amend a section of the proposed law. 

The Act originated from a 2013 report by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).

By convention, ECJ-supported bills are not amended when they reach the Parliament. 

However, Paulwell gave notice that the government is not in support of a proposal to have the State fund political campaigns and would be proposing amendments.

ECJ chairman Dorothy Pine-McLarty, has said the electoral authorities are not in favour of any amendment being made and that a change in the ruling party's position should not be the sole basis for the Commission reversing its position.

She says if the Parliament chooses, it may recommend that the matter be given further consideration by the Commission which includes members of the both political parties.