#COVID19Chronicles-120: August 12, 2020-Elections will be September 3

The waiting and guessing are over; the election date is set. As I noted earlier yesterday, the die was cast for those who cared to notice:

The main dates to note are:

• August 13 – Dissolution of Parliament
• August 17 – States of Emergency end
• August 18 – Nomination Day
• September 3 – Election Day

The PM announced the main dates after a barrage of party slogans:

Part of living with COVID19 is keeping processes going while mindful of the health risks. The line will always be a fine one.

Trinidad and Tobago held its general election two days ago. They are just the latest in a series of countries due to hold national elections this year.

Some people raised valid concerns about the recent spike in Jamaica’s infections. Truth is, that change has to be managed, elections or not. Whatever views people have about better dates start to run into another set of issues: election dates eventually run up against real constraints:

As with all things, we’ll have the benefit of hindsight to assess things later. Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission is putting in place health protocols.

The political parties are also supposed to follow campaign protocols that fit pandemic conditions, issued by the ministry of health and wellness:

As always, it’s down to individuals and whether they abide by the rules. If parties transgress, the test will be if and how they’re sanctioned. So, we’re back at the door of compliance and enforcement.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)