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McKenzie expected to announce Local Government Election date on Thursday

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:37 PM
McKenzie is to address a public meeting for Thursday at noon at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie is on Thursday expected to announce the date for the Local Government Elections due before the end of this year.

In a press advisory to the media, last evening, McKenzie indicated that he would be making a special local government announcement at noon.

Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party Robert Montague will join McKenzie at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

Under the Representation of the People Act, Nomination Day shall be at least five clear days after the announcement of an election.

The law also provides for election day to be at least 16 days but not more than 23 days after Nomination Day.

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher signalled recently that the window for calling local government elections before year end was closing.

"My ideal, in order to be really fully prepared, is three months, but I can work with two months. You begin to get a little nervous once it goes below that," he said.

In the March 26, 2012 local government election, the People's National Party won 12 of the 13 parish councils.