The State of Public Emergency in St James has been extended by three months until May 2.

The extension followed a vote in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, after a motion was moved by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Like he has repeatedly said, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips gave his party’s “conditional support.”

The 51 Members of Parliament present, excluding House Speaker Pearnel Charles, all voted yes. Eleven MPs were absent.

In moving the motion under the Emergency Powers Act, the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that the State of Emergency which was declared on January 18, was going well. He pointed to the arrest of wanted men and the seizure of 10 firearms, some of them high powered weapons. But he said now was not the time to get complacent.