The country’s two main political parties, the governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, and Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, have agreed to participate in political debates ahead of the next local government elections.

The decision was affirmed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, on Thursday November 4, at the office of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, JCC.

Among those signing for the parties were JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, and PNP Deputy General Secretary, Nekeisha Burrell.

Chairman of the Jamaica Debates Commission which is organising the event, Noel DaCosta, was witness to the signing.

Jamaica’s next local government elections are due by the end of February 2022.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has affirmed that they will not be staged during the 2021 calendar year due to Covid-19 concerns.

The imminent Local Government Debates will be the third staged, ahead of Jamaica’s Local Government Elections.

Previous debates in this series were held in 2012 and 2016.