ELECTION ON SEPTEMBER 3 – Prime Minister Calls For Peaceful Campaign

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announcing the election date in parliament this evening

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that Jamaicans will go to the polls to elect a government on Thursday, September 3, adding that he wants the election to be peaceful.

Nomination Day is Tuesday, August 18.

The States of Public Emergency in several parishes will end on August 17.

The prime minister, in an address to the House of Representatives this evening, noted that people may not enjoy the campaign as they are accustomed to doing, considering efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

He said he found it necessary to call an election at this time, adding that his administration has been in office for almost four years and six months.

Most administrations don’t stay the full five years in Government before seeking a new mandate, the prime minister said.

He stated that the announcement of the election is ‘not an event of public relations’, adding that his government consistently has one of the highest approval ratings – unlike most other administrations.

The prime minister also bragged about several accomplishments attained under his leadership.

He, in the meantime, said the Jamaica Labour Party government is still committed to having a fixed election date, but that thrust has been affected by legal and constitutional considerations.


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