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Former contractor general calling for budget spending investigation following PIOJ revelations

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 3:08 AM
Former contractor general Greg Christie says the Planning Institute of Jamaica report raises serious questions about the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration which formed the government up to last Thursday.

Former contractor general Greg Christie is calling for an investigation into reports that Jamaica spent some $8.3 billion more than was budgeted in the December 2015 quarter.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) made the revelation on Thursday. 

It said the spending was not due to preparations for the general election, which was first expected by December but eventually occurred last month. 

Christie says the report raises serious questions about the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration which formed the government up to last Thursday. 

He says the questions are being raised in light of the previous administration's public commitment and demand for fiscal responsibility. 

At a press conference on Thursday, PIOJ director general Collin Bullock said the increased amount was due to revenues and grants being $2 billion higher than programmed.

In August, the outgoing Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips said the Government would not overspend in the run-up to the general election to benefit constituents.

Following the 2002 general election, then Finance Minister Dr Omar Davies admitted to increasing spending on government projects.