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Fix errors and extend amnesty says Delroy Chuck

Jamaica Labour Party | 2013-01-09 00:00:00

Opposition Spokesman on National Security and Justice Delroy Chuck is today calling on the Minister of National Security Peter Bunting to correct the glaring error that were manifested in the recently concluded amnesty and come to parliament to ask for an extension.

According to Mr. Chuck, the government has bundled the arrangement for traffic offenders and the present situation has created severe anxiety and frustration amongst thousands of Jamaicans, many of whom have already paid their fines and others who want to pay.

He said: “During the last administration, while we were considering the amnesty, proposals were put in place to employ a minimum of twelve persons to coordinate and check the records of all the collectorates of taxes and relevant court houses to identify the traffic fines that have been paid so that those person’s names would not appear on the list of unpaid traffic violators”.

Mr. Chuck continued that: “It is clear that the reconciliation was not done so that thousands of persons who paid their fines or went to court to challenge their tickets and the matters were settled still had their names on the system”.

The opposition spokesman revealed that during the last administration provisions were considered for violators with outstanding tickets to make payments at outlets other than the collectorates of taxes such as Bill Express and Paymaster outlets.

Mr. Chuck said he was disappointed that such a proposal was clearly not pursued with resulting chaos, confusion and grave inconvenience caused to Jamaicans at the collectorate of taxes island wide during to last few days of the amnesty.

He also said that: “The government was put on guard when the amnesty started in July 2012 that the list was faulty and in need of urgent reconciliation. The website was closed to rectify the errors and glitches but government failed to make the necessary corrections and reopened a faulty website which created pain and frustration to thousands of ordinary Jamaicans”.

Mr. Chuck maintains that the bundling of this amnesty is a clear demonstration of incompetent governance by this administration.

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