Jamaica elections may be postponed

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Governor-General Professor Kenneth Hall is expected today to announce a new date for the holding of the general election, following the unanimous recommendation by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica yesterday, to postpone the August 27 poll.

The ECJ made the announcement in a press statement last night. The decision to postpone the date of the election means the security forces and election day workers will not vote today as previously scheduled.

Earlier yesterday, Information Minister Donald Buchanan told reporters at Jamaica House that following an emergency meeting yesterday, the ECJ “gave full consideration to the passage of Hurri-cane Dean, its impact on Jamaica (and) the capacity of the Electoral Office to hold fair, good, efficient elections under the prevailing conditions”.

Speaking at the post-Cabinet press briefing, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller stressed that the decision to maintain or postpone the date of the election was for the Electoral Commission and the Governor-General to decide.

“It is out of the hands of the Prime Minister and politicians now,” she said. “If the commission and the Governor-General said the election will continue to be on the 27th, then I will get myself tunedto going out on the 27th. If (it is) not the 27th, then I will have to apply myself and ensure my party will do the same,” she added.

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