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PNP considers appealing ruling for by-election in Yallahs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) said it is consulting with its legal team to determine whether to file an appeal against the decision of the court that a by-election should be called in the Yallahs Division in St Thomas.

This is in response to news that the Supreme Court ruled this morning that current councillor for the division, the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Dean Jones had disqualified himself on the grounds that, at the time of the November 2016 Local Government elections, he was employed to the government.

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, disqualified Jones as the sitting councillor for the Yallahs Division, but ruled that a by-election should be held soon to decide who should represent the division.

Read: Early local gov't by-election expected in Yallahs

The PNP said it strongly believes that Jones was never properly nominated, as was proven by the ruling, and as such the court should have awarded the seat directly to its candidate Constantine Bogle.

“Mr Jones deliberately and intentionally misled the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) in his declaration on his nomination form and therefore only one candidate, Constantine Bogle, was properly nominated.” PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said.

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