SAN JUAN – The leaders of Jamaica’s governing People’s National Party and main opposition Jamaica Labor Party have agreed on a political code of conduct amid growing tensions ahead of general elections scheduled for Feb. 25.
The pact was signed by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and JLP leader Andrew Holness, the government said in a statement.
Despite the agreement, ongoing bad blood between Simpson-Miller and Holness is delaying the organization of pre-election debates, the Jamaica Observer and Jamaica Gleaner reported.
Four people were killed earlier this week in shooting incidents at JLP campaign events in Montego Bay.
The Caribbean country of 2.7 million has 1.8 million registered voters, according to data from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.
In the 2011 elections, the PNP took 41 of the 63 seats in parliament, with the rest going to the JLP.