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JLP's Smith gets nod to represent North Trelawny

Tuesday, June 17, 2014    

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HAGUE, Trelawny — Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament for South West St Ann Ernest Smith, is the new JLP representative for the constituency of North Trelawny.

Smith, an attorney-at-law, defeated Dwight Lewis by 126 votes during the much anticipated selection exercise held on Sunday at the Hague Primary and Infant School in Trelawny.

Twenty-two of the 195 delegates eligible to vote, cast their ballots in favour of Lewis.

The constituency has been without a JLP representative since the resignation of former senator Dennis Meadows just over two years ago following a crushing defeat by the People's National Party (PNP's) Patrick Atkinson in the 2011 general elections.

Smith served as member of Parliament for South West St Ann from 2002 to 2011 before losing to the PNP's Keith Walford.

In thanking the North Trelawny delegates for their support on Sunday, Smith said the endorsement that he has received is "an endorsement for me to lead you in taking the seat from the People's National Party."

However, he warned the delegates that they will have to unite and work assiduously to wrest the seat from the PNP.

Considered a safe PNP seat, the JLP last held the constituency between 1980 and 1989.

— Mark Cummings

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