Jamaica now has a third registered political party.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica, ECJ, yesterday disclosed that the newest registered political party is the United Independents’ Congress, UIC.

The ECJ says the UIC having satisfied the requirements of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2016, has been certified by Commission as Jamaica’s third registered political party.

The UIC, based in Bogue, St. Elizabeth is led by Joseph Patterson.

Chairman of the ECJ, Dorothy Pine-McLarty is welcoming the addition of the UIC to Jamaica’s cadre of registered political parties.

She says  the ECJ is pleased that another political party has been successfully registered.

She believes this indicates that the nation’s democracy is moving in a positive direction.

Mrs. Pine-McLarty is encouraging other political parties to seek to formalize their registration with the ECJ.

The UIC will now be eligible to contest future elections as a registered political party and will have its finances monitored by the Commission.

The other two registered political parties are the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, and the Peoples National Party, PNP, both of which were registered in 2018.