Saturday 26 September, 2020

SOEs come to an end August 17; road 'now clear' for elections

The states of emergency (SOE) that are now in place in several parishes and police divisions across the country will come to an end August 17, paving the way for the next general elections.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement in the House of Representatives a short while ago.

He is expected to shortly announce the date for the next general elections.

Both Holness and the Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang had suggested that a general election would not be held while the emergency measure was in force. The parliamentary Opposition had also signalled that it would not support the SOEs being in place during such a time as Jamaicans are asked to go to the polls to elect their government.

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