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JCC demands gov't honour election promises

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 10:33 PM
McDonald... It’s important that the commitments do not end up being mere empty promises to influence voting decisions.

Amid speculation that local government elections could be called soon, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) is reminding the Jamaica Labour Party Administration of its commitment to reform the electoral process, including fixing election dates.

JCC president Warren McDonald says the Government has said it would amend the Constitution to remove the Queen as head of state; institute fixed election dates; and establish term limits for prime ministers.

He says this was reaffirmed in the Throne Speech delivered by the Governor General in April.

But McDonald says it’s important that the commitments do not end up being mere empty promises to influence voting decisions.

He says they must be followed through as such action will help to restore and reinforce confidence in the political system.

Addressing the matter of the local polls, McDonald said while the last general election took place in February, the country had been on virtual election watch since mid-2015.

He insists this is detrimental to the business planning process.

Meanwhile, McDonald argues that having joint general and local government elections is a logical next step once fixed election dates are in place.

He says the Electoral Office of Jamaica has said it is likely that the nation can save over $1 billion per election cycle if they are staged at the same time.