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JAMAICA | Crime and Voter-Reverication tops Vale Royal Talks

Featured Members of the governing Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition Peoples National Party at The Vale Royal Talks – a mechanism for the two main political parties to have bipartisan dialogue on critical national issues, at the UWI Regional Headquarters. Members of the governing Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition Peoples National Party at The Vale Royal Talks – a mechanism for the two main political parties to have bipartisan dialogue on critical national issues, at the UWI Regional Headquarters.
KINGSTON, April 4, The Vale Royal Talks – a mechanism by which the two main political parties, the governing Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition People's National Party can hold bipartisan dialogue on critical national issues, got under way this morning at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters after a protracted delay.

A Jamaica House press release under the aegis of General Secretaries Horace Chang and Julian Robinson, sais the meeting, which is part of a collaborative and constructive dialogue between the Government and Opposition, focused on a number of important national issues.
 
According to the release, "the leaders held frank and in-depth discussions on national security, crime, violence and public safety as well as discussions on important legislation proposed by the Government."
 
The discussions included:
Crime and National Security
Parliamentary Procedures and Committees
Voter Re-verification
 
Prime Minister Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips found common ground on several important issues of national development and pledged to continue discussions to arrive unified conclusions on the way forward.
 
Particularly, it was agreed that several draft policies and bills would be shared for future discussions.
 
Both sides agreed that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica would provide, a plan within a month on how to ensure the maintenance of clean voters' list.
 
There was also a decision to consider the inclusion of private sector, church and civil society groups periodically to participate in the dialogue on crime, violence and public order.
 
Both leaders spoke of the importance of ensuring the positive framework established through the Vale Royal Talks, is preserved and encouraged.

The talks which were initiated in 2002 by former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson, have been described as ne of the few avenues where discussions between both sides could be held in an open and frank manner.

Last modified onThursday, 05 April 2018 08:21
  • Countries: Jamaica

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