The Jamaica Debates Commission, JDC, says it has begun preparations to stage the national political debates.

In a statement to the media, the Commission says a Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed with both parties agreeing to debate.

The JDC says the signing on October 16 last year follows consultations with representatives of the JLP and the PNP.

It says due to COVID-19 pandemic and the Ministry of Health’s guidelines preventing large public gatherings, it is anticipated that there’ll be no mass political rallies.

As a result, it says the political debates will play an even more significant role in educating the public on the issues and how the political parties plan to govern.

The JDC says its website, traditional and social media platforms will play an increased role in the Commission’s communication activities, leading up to and during the staging of the debates.

The Commission says it has been actively engaged in securing financial support to underwrite the staging of the debates.

The JDC, a charitable organization, is a partnership between the Media Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
It has been responsible for staging the 2002, 2007, and 2011 general election debates and Local Government debates in 2012 and 2016.