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JAMAICA | Changed By-election date - Gross Incompetence, says Peter Phillips

Featured Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips
Kingston, Jamauca, March 5, 2019: Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, says the botched attempt by the Prime Minister to set a proper election date for the Portland Eastern parliamentary bye-election, is an act of gross incompetence and ultimately an expression of disrespect to the Jamaican people in general and the voters of East Portland in particular.

In a statement last night, Dr. Phillips says this unprecedented act boggles the mind as to the quality of legal advice being provided to the Prime Minister.

"This should never happen in any self respecting democracy without someone being held accountable," Dr. Phillips said.

He called on the Prime Minister to provide a proper explanation to the citizens as to how an election date could have been announced before a thorough check for compliance with provisions of the Representation of the People Act.

The Opposition Leader said he held discussions with the legal advisers of the People's National Party and is now satisfied that the new Nomination date complies with the law.

Dr. Phillips said it is unfortunate that the Prime Minister's terse announcement this evening did not even contain an apology for this disrespect as many had put in place personal arrangements for both Nomination and Election dates.

He said regrettably it has become common place for the Prime Minister and his government to pay scant regard to the people and the Jamaican Constitution in many of their decisions.

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