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New ECJ regulations to govern political parties in Jamaica

Prime Minister Andrew Holness
 
Political parties wishing to contest elections in Jamaica will now face greater scrutiny as new regulations come into effect. 
 
The parties must now have their finances monitored and regulated by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) if they are to meet the criteria for state funding.
 
The parties must also be registered with the Commission in order to participate in elections and referenda.
 
The information was revealed on Monday morning at the official launch of the system for registration of political parties held at the ECJ's office.
 
So far, the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party have been awarded their certificates of Provisional Registration.
 
Speaking at the launch, Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the system marks a milestone achievement for Jamaica. 
 
"We will now have a framework for the registration of political parties, while also facilitating a system whereby an accurate and up-to-date record can be kept on each political party. Political parties must lead from the front and set our houses in order; we must ensure that the mask of anonymity is removed, leading to greater accountability and transparency," the Prime Minister said. 
 


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