Poll finds majority of J’cans want general elections by March

The majority of Jamaicans are in favor of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller calling the general elections by the end of March.

According to an opinion poll released on Wednesday, 68 per cent of respondents say they are in favor of having the election in the first three months of this year.

The poll commissioned by the RJR Communications Group and conducted by pollster Don Anderson , found that the majority of Jamaicans are also in favor of having a fixed date for general elections.

“The general public is overwhelmingly in support of a fixed election date. Eighty per cent of all persons interviewed 18 years and over and interviewed between the eighth and 12th of January felt that we should have a fixed date for election rather than the situation which follows the Westminster approach where the decision is left to the ruling party to determine,” Anderson said.

“So 80 per cent of all people felt there should be a fixed election date and 18 per cent are not in favor,” he added.

Last year, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said she was waiting the touch from God before announcing the date for the next general election.

She also said that the date for the polls would only be known after the Voters List is published.

On Tuesday, former finance minister Audley Shaw urged the prime minister to delay polls until the voters’ list has been cleaned up.

“Names are on the list that should not be on the list,” he said, adding “an election is about to be called on a voters’ list that has between 400,000 and 500,000 names that should not be on it” Shaw said.

 

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