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PNP to respond to Jamaica Debates Commission Monday

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 2:30 PM
In a statement issued this afternoon, the JDC said PNP General Secretary Paul Burke gave the undertaking in a letter to the commission.

The People's National Party (PNP) has reportedly committed to responding to the Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) on Monday on whether it will participate in the proposed political debates.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the JDC said PNP General Secretary Paul Burke gave the undertaking in a letter to the commission.

The Commission says it is encouraged by the PNP's position.

The JDC had written to the PNP asking it to reconsider it's decision to opt out of the debates.

The PNP was demanding that the Opposition Leader apologises to the Prime Minister for comments he made about her.

It also wanted the format of the debates changed to a town hall setting instead of one where journalists pose question to the political leaders; and wanted Holness to answer several questions about his Beverly Hills mansion.

On Friday, the JDC wrote to the PNP advising that it was no longer able to commit to organising and staging the first in a series of political debates between the PNP and the Jamaica Labour Party on Tuesday February 16.

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

This is because the JDC had not received a response from the party in time to allow for three clear days of planning.

However, the Commission said it was willing to stage the debates providing both parties were in agreement on the dates.

The JDC says it will continue to liaise with Burke and his JLP counterpart, Dr Horace Chang.