March 5 by-election

PM announces date for St Andrew North Western poll; Nomination Day is Feb 12

Observer senior reporter

Monday, February 05, 2018

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness last night announced March 5 as the date when voters will go to the poll to elect a new Member of Parliament (MP) for the St Andrew North Western constituency.

February 12 will be nomination day.

“A we still a win,” Holness assured enthusiastic Labourites gathered at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre in the constituency.

Candidate and former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Senator Ambassador Nigel Clarke was selected over Duane Smith, son of former MP Derrick Smith, who represented the constituency for 29 years.

Clarke will go up against Keisha Hayle, principal of Padmore Primary School in St Andrew West Rural, who will represent the People's National Party (PNP).

Chairman for the JLP's Area Council Three, Desmond McKenzie, reminded supporters that there is no room for complacency as it is votes on the day that wins elections.

The party's General Secretary Dr Horace Chang expressed similar caution, telling the Jamaica Observer that, “It's a democracy, and we will not take anything for granted. We will get working, mobilise our team, and get the votes out on election day.”

Smith, who resigned last month, had expressed a desire for his son, the councillor for the Chancery Hall Division, to be the candidate. But Clarke and the younger Smith shook hands in a show of unity last night, though the elder Smith had said his son was the most suitable man for the job.

Smith and Clarke, who serves on the Government's Economic Growth Council, were the two candidates said to have been interviewed by the JLP's Selection Committee to run for the seat in the upcoming by-election.

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