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PNP in favour of postponing local government election

Fitz Jackson
 
The People's National Party (PNP) says it is in favour of a postponement of the local government election, which are due next month.
 
As was reported Friday morning, the government is set to announce a delay to the polls.
 
In an interview with Radio Jamaica News, Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Horace Chang cited the COVID-19 pandemic, fiscal constraints and voter fatigue as among the reasons not to hold the elections this year.
 
When contacted Friday afternoon, PNP Chairman Fitz Jackson said the party would not challenge the postponement, citing the health crisis facing Jamaica.
 
"By virtue of the law, there's a 90-day period for national emergencies, so the government can go up to February. So that latitude is already provided for in the law, and we are indeed in a pandemic....So all I can say is that we, the People's National Party, would not have a difficulty. It's a legal provision. They have the authority to delay it in the circumstance," he noted.
 
But Mr. Jackson did not miss an opportunity to throw a jab at the government, pointing out that it was "interesting when the health of the country takes importance" since "we also had a pandemic a month ago, starting from sometime after March this year, but the government kept the general election nonetheless." 


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