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Security assured as PNP, JLP stage mass rallies ahead of polls

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:53 PM

Jamaica's two main political parties are assuring supporters that the necessary steps are being taken to prevent security breaches at the mass meetings to be held this evening in the eastern and western sections of the country.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be staging a mass rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, while the People's National Party (PNP) will shift to Montego Bay, St James ahead of Thursday's general elections.

General Secretary of the JLP Dr Horace Chang says the party is working closely with the police to avoid another security gaffe that resulted in the deaths of three people at its February 7 mass meeting in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.

And the PNP's deputy general secretary, Julian Robinson, is confident in the security arrangements by the police and the party. He says the meeting has been deliberately moved from Sam Sharpe Square to the Catherine Hall Sports Complex to better manage security concerns.

In an advisory issued this morning, the St James police say there will be a strong police and military presence at the PNP mass rally.  

The police are warning PNP supporters that no implement that can be used as a weapon or any illegal item will be allowed inside the Catherine Hall Sports Complex this evening. In addition, they say everyone entering the complex will be subjected to a search.

Further, no provisions will be made for the storage of prohibited or restricted items. The police are advising licensed firearm holders to leave their weapons with the local police or make alternative arrangements for safekeeping.