Local Gov’t Polls Delayed


Nationwide News understands that Local Government elections, which are due by the end of this month, will be delayed.

Government sources told our news center today that a Bill will be tabled in parliament shortly, seeking the approval of the House of Representatives for the elections to be postponed for six months.

Our sources say the administration will cite several reasons for postponing the elections.

Among them are the lack of readiness of school facilities across the island which would serve as polling centers, the unpreparedness of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica and ongoing local government reform.

On January 26, PNP General Secretary Paul Burke said Local Government elections would likely be held by the end of June this year.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.