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Press Association alarmed at PNP pulling out of debates

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:43 PM
Jackson Miller: to eliminate the debates would be a huge step backwards which would be strongly condemned.

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ)  has expressed alarm at news that the national political debates may not be held. 

In a statement this morning, the PAJ, said it is of national importance that the debates be held, with the participation of both major political parties.

The People's National Party has imposed several conditions which it wants met before participating. 

READ: PNP won't participate in political debates unless format changes

But PAJ president, Dionne Jackson Miller, says it would be unacceptable in a modern Jamaican democracy for either party to refuse the public the opportunity to hear their representatives questioned on issues of national importance. 

She also said the election campaign period is very short, which limits the time the public and media have to probe candidates. 

Jackson Miller says to eliminate the debates would be a huge step backwards which would be strongly condemned.