While rubbishing talks that the recrafting of the COVID-19 protocols were done to facilitate the holding of Local Government Elections, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the municipal polls will not be held this year.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the new Olympic Gardens Police Station in St Andrew on Wednesday, Holness said the elections will not be held until he is satisfied that Jamaica is “on the right trajectory for vaccinations”.

Added the prime minister: “I have been seeing reports in the press from various quarters that, in anticipation of a Local Government Election, the Government has somehow recrafted the protocols. Nonsense!” declared Holness.

“There will be no Local Government Elections held this year. Let me make it absolutely clear to everyone, and certainly, there will be no Local Government Elections held until I am satisfied that Jamaica is on the right trajectory for vaccinations,” he added.

Last Tuesday, People’s National Party (PNP) Senator, Peter Bunting, a former Central Manchester Member of Parliament (MP), called for unity in the Opposition party, saying he believed the postponed Local Government Elections will be called soon, following the easing of some of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The party’s leader, Mark Golding, has also been touring sections of the island and meeting with PNP councillors and prospective candidates in anticipation of the calling of Local Government Elections, which were delayed last year due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

While not naming any political party, Holness used his speech on Tuesday to also criticise the actions of some persons who he said have been having “mobilisation tours”.

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