In response to the massive increase in the prices of passports (as high as 48%), the National Democratic Movement is calling on the government and the PICA to either reduce the rate of the increases or extend the effective date for the increases to the end of June 2015.

The NDM is of the view that the levels of the increase is, as it typical of our government, unconscionable and unreasonable and has also voiced its objection to the manner which the Passport Office has been handling the public in the wake of the increased demand for passports since this week.

The Movement is asking the citizens of Jamaica how long will they continue to tolerate the imposition of exorbitant taxes upon the people (as in the case of property taxes (which was increased by over 150% and traffic fines (some as high as 1000%).

Peter Townsend
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