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More SOEs possible before election

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Holness: If an election is called, at an appropriate stage during that period, we would go to parliament and seek to have the states of public emergency come to an end.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has not ruled out declaring more States of Public Emergency before the next general election due by February next year.

However, the prime minister says where a State of Emergency exists when he is ready to call an election, he would seek to bring it to an end.

"If an election is called, at an appropriate stage during that period, we would go to parliament and seek to have the states of public emergency come to an end," Holness said.

He was responding to Radio Jamaica journalist Dionne Jackson Miller at a digital press conference this morning to declare August Town a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO).

READ: ZOSO declared for August Town

Jackson Miller had asked Holness whether going into an election, ZOSOs would replace states of emergency when the current security measures expire on July 25.

According to the Prime Minister, ZOSOs will be declared in communities which require such measures but they cannot replace States of Emergency.

Holness had previously said he will not go to the polls with States of Emergency in effect.

With the current ones covering 10 police divisions scheduled to expire in another two weeks, there has been speculation that there could be an August election.

But speaking in St Mary last week, the Prime Minister said an election was not on his mind at this time.

According to Holness, his focus is on restoring the economy.

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