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JDC proposes new dates for political debates

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 2:49 PM

The Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) has proposed three new dates for the holding of the political debates.

Earlier today, the JDC wrote to the general secretaries of the People's National Party (PNPP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) proposing this Friday for the social issues debate, Saturday for the economic issues face off and Sunday for the leadership clash.

On Friday, the JDC called of the first debate which was proposed for this Tuesday, because the PNP had failed to agree to the date outside of the requisite three-day window needed for planning.

The JDC had also asked the PNP to reconsider its decision to stay away from the debates until certain concerns are addressed.

The PNP has committed to responding to that request tomorrow.

It is demanding that the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness apologises to the Prime Minister for comments he made about her.

It also wants the format of the debate to be changed to a town hall setting instead of one where journalists pose questions to the leaders and wants the Opposition Leader to answer to several questions about his Beverly Hills mansion.

The JDC has asked both the PNP and the JLP to respond to its new proposed schedule by 5 o' clock on Monday afternoon.