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Newly sworn-in Opposition Senator, Peter Bunting, is commending strong investigative journalism for paving the way for his appointment to the Upper House.

The former Central Manchester MP, took the oath shortly after 10 Friday morning, December 18, after weeks of delay due to the actions of former PNP Treasurer, Norman Horne.

Mr. Horne had failed to declare that he was a United States citizen, which made him ineligible to sit in Jamaica's parliament.

Mr. Bunting says journalists were forced to grab the proverbial bull by the horn to make his appointment possible.

He says this highlights the need for strong constitutional reform.

Mr. Bunting was finally sworn in after the erstwhile office holder Norman Horne finally called on the Governor General to rescind his appointment.

Mr. Horne had been appointed by former Leader of the Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips, who later resigned from that post making way for a run-off between Lisa Hanna and Mark Golding, which Golding won. 

Mr. Horne previously failed to have the appointment rescinded despite making a public commitment to do so.

In a statement following his resignation, Mr. Horne said the delay was due to an effort to bring an amicable resolve to some of the interpersonal conflicts which continue to exacerbate deep divisions within the PNP. 

However, Mr. Bunting says a more significant example of the need for constitutional reform was the ruling by the Supreme Court which found the lengthy detention of several individuals under the States of Public Emergency unconstitutional.

Mr. Bunting says the need for such reform is impatient of debate.

Dr. Horace Chang, General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has said the party's campaign plans for the September 3 general election have been significantly modified to include coronavirus prevention measures.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that the General Election will be held on Thursday, September 3 this year.

A rift in the PNP Eastern St. Catherine organization is intensifying following moves by Spanish Town’s Mayor, Norman Scott to replace incumbent Member Parliament, Denise Daley, as the PNP’s candidate for the constituency in the next General Election.

Councillor for the Trafalgar division of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Kari Douglas, has been charged with breaching the curfew order, which was imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and disorderly conduct. 
Monday, 10 February 2020 16:05

Holness justifies calling of by election

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Prime Minister Holness is justifying his decision to call a by-election in South East Clarendon.

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has declared that voters will have to choose at the upcoming general election which major political party is equipped to implement the correct measures to stem the crime wave affecting the country.

The governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, is well ahead of the opposition People’s National Party, PNP, in terms of public support.

Newly installed PNP caretaker for East Central St. Catherine, Dr. Winston de la Haye, says addressing crime is at the top of his agenda for the constituency.

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