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Civic group concerned about campaign financing laws

Published:Friday | October 7, 2011 | 10:04 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Assistant News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre



The Jamaica Civil Society Coalition said it is concerned that another general election could be held without campaign finance legislation being put in place.



The coalition, which is made up of some of the most powerful civil and private sector groups, has been calling for the immediate tabling in Parliament of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica’s report on Campaign Financing reform.



The group is also insisting that the Parliament urgently accept all the recommendations.



In Early September, the coalition noted that general elections are due by the latest December next year and demanded that the government draft the necessary legislation to enact the reforms this month.



However, member of the board of directors of the coalition, Richard ‘Dickie’ Crawford, said Golding’s announcement that he will soon be stepping down as prime minister, and speculation there could be an early election has made the call even more urgent.



debbie-ann.wright@gleanerjm.com