Fixed election date, term limit, on this year's legislative agenda

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — As promised by the Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) while on the election campaign trail, a fixed election date and term limit for prime ministers are two of the areas on the legislative agenda for this year.
Speaking at the ceremonial opening of Parliament, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen confirmed in his Throne Speech that Parliament will this year see legislation to create fixed election dates and term limit for the prime minister.
Read: Governor General's 2016 Throne Speech

Sir Patrick also spoke about an Impeachment Bill, which was another area of focus for the current Government while campaigning ahead of the February 25 General Election.
"The Impeachment Bill will provide for impeachment proceedings to be brought against corrupt public officials and Parliamentarians," the Governor General said to the approval from parliamentarians on both sides of the aisle with pounding of desks.
The Dangerous Drugs Act is also on this year's legislative agenda.
Sir Patrick said that there will be further amendment "to give full legislation to marijuana to be used for the specified purposes".
There will also be constitutional amendments this year, according to the Governor General.
"A constitution amendment to replace Her Majesty the Queen with a non-executive president as its head, as well as a constitution amendment bill to address the judicial review of the director of public prosecutions,” were among the issues listed by the Governor General.
Among the other areas to be addressed on the legislative agenda this year are: The INDECOM Act; the Arbitration Bill; The Criminal Justice Plea Negotiations and Agreements Amendment Bill; and judicial accountability legislation, which will be enacted to ensure judicial accountability for performance and behaviour in office.


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