PNP President, Mark Golding, believes Prime Minister Andrew Holness, wishes to have the executive power to declare and maintain states of public emergency without the input of the Opposition.

Mr. Golding expressed a lack of understanding about the government’s constitutional reform agenda but highlighted changes to the emergency powers as a distinct objective.

The opposition leader was speaking during a PNP discussion panel titled Constitutional Reform, Republic and Rights.

Mr Golding argues that this agenda should not be linked to the already agreed upon removal of the queen as head of state.

Mr Golding’s comments come just hours after Prime Minister Holness chided what he described as eloquent pronouncements on human rights as Jamaicans suffer from criminal activity.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

He was speaking at a meeting of the National Disaster Risk Management Council Thursday.