With all the talk about an upcoming election, I was wondering about procedure. It seems from the coverage that the Prime Minister can drop the writ at her pleasure. This is true, according to the Representation of the People Act.
This clearly leaves the power in the hands of those in charge, as countless trial balloons and by-elections can be floated and held. Polls also help leaders to test the winds. The opposition is left always in the position of catching up.In addition, there are currently no term limits, although there has been talk of implementing them in the past.
This used to be the case in Canada, until fixed election dates were enacted. So now we have more American-style elections that seem interminable.
In any case, it looks like Jamaica is gearing up for an election in the next few months. Here is another take on the situation from a fellow blogger.