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CaPRI’s Analysis of Political Pledges and Promises: A Dual Approach to Election Monitoring in Jamaica

Date Published: 
September, 2007
Document Author(s): 
CaPRI
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Between July to August 2007, CaPRI conducted an Electoral Monitoring Exercise (EME), probing and tallying the manifestos, and associated costs, of the proposals of the country’s two main political parties – the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP). The analysis revealed that: (i) Financing manifesto promises by both parties would require at least 3 times the expected fiscal revenue for the first term; (ii) required additional spending on economic growth and development programmes amounts to over $102 billion for both parties combined; (iii) additional spending on crime could range from $44 billion (JLP) to $48 billion (PNP); and (iv) human rights and justice occupies a marginal place in the planned expenditure of either party.

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