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JDC to meet with main political parties to finalise debates

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 1:30 PM

The Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) has approached both of the country’s main political parties to secure an agreement for the staging of political debates.

Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Debates Commission, Brian Schmidt says the parties are to meet on Monday.

He says the meeting will finalise discussions regarding the JDC’s proposal to organise and stage three debates during the period between Nomination Day and Election Day, as was done prior to the general elections of 2007 and 2011.

The proposed dates will focus on Social Issues, Economic Issues; and Leadership.

The JDC Deputy Chairman says the discussions with the parties had been initiated in early 2015 when there was an expectation that Local Government elections would have been held prior to June of last year.

Those discussions ended when the decision was taken by Parliamentarians to extend the life of the local government administrations.

Discussions were resumed in the latter half of the year when it was anticipated that the General Elections would have been staged by end-December.

Schmidt says now that there are indications that the elections are imminent, the commission has once again invited the parties to meet to finalise details.