Local Gov't elections cost $1 billion

January 12, 2017
Jamaica Labour Party Deputy Leader Desmond McKenzie (right) celebrates with party supporters at Belmont Road, Kingston, following victory in last November's local government elections.

The local government elections held last year cost Jamaicans $1 billion dollars.

The figure was revealed in the 2016/17 supplementary estimates that was tabled in the House of Representatives this week.

Initially, the Government did not allocate any money in the budget for the holding of the elections. However, parliament is now asked to approve the payment for the polls that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won.

Orrette Fisher, the director of elections, told THE STAR that the election budget was initially $1.3 billion. However, he said that with the holding of the local government elections so close to the general election, the electoral office was able to contain expenditure in some areas.

The JLP won the general elections, which were held in February 2016.