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NDM/NJA candidate withdraws from North West St Elizabeth

By Lincoln Ward St Elizabeth correspondent

Monday, September 30, 2002    

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THE National Democratic Movement/New Jamaica Alliance (NDM/NJA) candidate for North West St Elizabeth has confirmed that he will not be seeking nomination to represent the alliance in the upcoming general elections.

Harold Smith, a retired civil servant, was one of two NDM/NJA candidates in the parish, the other being Earl Powell who contested the 1997 election in the South East constituency.

Smith was also one of three candidates down to contest the North West St Elizabeth seat. The other candidates are the incumbent J C Hutchinson of the Jamaica Labour Party and newcomer, Rev Stanley Redwood, for the ruling People's National Party.

Meanwhile, Smith rejected allegations that his decision was triggered by the return of former NDM president, Bruce Golding to the JLP. His decision, he said, was based purely on his medical condition, which prevented him from carrying out an effective campaign.

He added that he was disappointed that he would not be contesting the election, adding that he had been getting tremendous support and felt he had a good chance of winning. He, however, expressed his commitment to the principles and objectives of the NDM/NJA, which he believed were best suited to promote the interests of the country and people.

Meanwhile, the other NDM/NJA St Elizabeth candidate, Earl Powell, is expected to hand in his nomination at the B B Coke High School in Junction today. Powell insisted that despite Golding's return to the JLP, he was contesting the seat based on principle.

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