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Jamaica: Summer Polls Unlikely, SOEs Extended

It appears unlikely that Jamaicans will head to the polls before September 3 this year as Parliament voted on Tuesday to extend states of public emergency in 10 police divisions even as a bill has been tabled proposing that both the general and local government elections be held on one ballot.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had promised that no election would be held while SOEs were in effect.

Holness came to Parliament seeking an extension until October 24.

But complaining about the manner in which the request was made to have the SOEs extended, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips called for better dialogue in the executing the affairs of Parliament, even as he sought to protect the official campaign period that is fast approaching.

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