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Warmington wants salaries halted for politicians on ECJ

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

The Parliament has been asked to consider stopping the payments of salaries to politicians who are members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).

ECJ commissioners are paid $8 million a year.

In a motion tabled in the House of Representatives today, South West St Catherine Member of Parliament Everald Warmington said the politicians, who are called nominated members of the ECJ, represent political parties and should not be paid from the public purse.

The two main political parties each have two representatives on the ECJ.

They are: Tom Tavares Finson and Aundre Franklin, who represent Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and DK Duncan and Peter Bunting who represent Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller.

Duncan and Bunting, who are already being paid from the public purse as MP and Government minister respectively, earn the difference between their salaries and the $8 million they receive by virtue of being on the Commission.

In his motion, Warmington said immediate actions should be taken to terminate the payments being made from the public purse.

He said that if such salaries and allowances are deemed necessary, the monies must be paid by the respective political party.