In the lead-up to the February 28 deadline for local elections in Jamaica, the possibility of a delay looms as the government contemplates moving the budget debate to an earlier March timeline. Sources suggest an informal proposal to the opposition, led by Mark Golding, envisions the Throne Speech and the tabling of expenditure estimates on February 15—almost a month earlier than usual. Prime Minister Andrew Holness may use his March 7 budget debate speech to unveil potential game-changing measures, such as increasing the income tax threshold or adjusting the general consumption tax rate. If implemented, this plan could inevitably postpone the local government elections. While the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) may not heavily resist a brief delay, PNP General Secretary Dr. Dayton Campbell asserts that the party’s position remains unchanged. Leader of Government Business, Ed Bartlett, was unavailable for comment. The uncertainty surrounding the electoral schedule raises questions about the potential impact on the democratic process.

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