The way has been paved for the extension of five States of emergency across Jamaica.

The Senate today approved a resolution proposing that the measures remain in effect until September 3 this year.

Government Senate Leader, Kamina Johnson Smith, made the case for the extension.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

Government Senator and former Attorney General, Ransford Braham, was also among Government members who voted in support of the special security measures.

He says violent crime, which has escalated over many years, requires decisive action.

Ransford Braham, Government Senator.

15-Senators voted in favour of the extension of the States of Public Emergency.

While 4-Opposition Senators voted against the extension.

The resolution was approved in the Lower House on Tuesday.

Senator Lambert Brown on Why the PNP Supports SOPE

Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, says despite concerns about the legality of the measure, the PNP has decided NOT to prevent the extension of the States of Public Emergency.

Senator Brown says the Opposition will not give the Government the political gift of accusing it of failing to support law and order.

Some members of the Opposition PNP have consistently accused the Government of breaching the constitution by extending the States of Public Emergency several times.

But, apart from December 2018 when it voted not to extend the special security measures in St James, St Catherine North and sections of St Andrew, the Opposition PNP has since given the Government just enough votes to extend the measure.

Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, addressed the Senate today and explained why.

Senator Brown told the Upper House of Parliament today that the Opposition PNP will not prevent the extension of the measure and give the Government a political gift.

Following, Senator Brown’s presentation, Opposition Senate Leader, Donna Scott Mottley, said she’d be reluctantly giving the Government the vote required today to have the States of Public Emergency extended.

Earlier in the debate, Opposition Senator, Floyd Morris vowed to not support the extension.