On august 7, 2007, about 140 Candidates were nominated to contest the August 27 General Election. Both the ruling People's National Party headed by Portia Simpson-Miller and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party headed by Bruce Golding nominated 60 Candidates each to contest the election which is expected to be an evenly contested one.
At press time, the National Democratic Movement were expected to Nominate 11 candidates, 20 less than in 2002, eight from the International Ethiopian World Federation Incorporation Party, Four Independent and other minor political parties. Several supporters along with their candidates were seen parading by motorcade throughout the streets across Jamaica. There were no reported cases of political confrontation despite shouting power and shower with fist and two fingers symbolizing the signs for the P.N.P. and J.L.P.
Unrelated violent incidences reported yesterday however, include the fatal shooting of a policeman and the injuring of another as well as the tragic killing of an innocent citizen, allegedly shot by a policeman who was chasing a suspect through the woman’s home. The deceased woman had no connection to the person being pursued.