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Holness shies away from speculation about election date

Prime Minister Andrew Holness
 
Prime Minister Andrew Holness was on Friday coy in discussing speculations that a general election is imminent. 
 
The Prime Minister, who was an in-studio guest on Radio Jamaica's Hotline, made light of host Emily Shields' question about whether the election could be called in the next two months. 
 
"Am I wrong that you are looking at August for the election?" she asked, to which Mr. Holness quipped: "You could be wrong."  
 
Speculation about an August date for the general election began to grow after the National Security Minister revealed this week that the States of Public Emergency will end on July 25. 
 
The states of emergency became a marker for elections after Prime Minister Holness indicated in April that he would not call an election while emergency powers were in effect.
 
In the meantime, Mr. Holness has acknowledged the country could save about $750 million by holding local and general elections at the same time.
 
He said it is something being discussed by the administration. 
 


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