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Portmore boundary dispute

Tashauna Taylor

Monday, January 13, 2014    

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FIVE months after the death of Portmore mayor George Lee, residents are yet to get word on plans for his replacement.

At the heart of the problem, the Jamaica Observer understands, is a disagreement relating to boundary rights, without the resolution of which a bi- election to elect the new mayor cannot be held.

Minister of Local Government Noel Arscott said councillors and citizens of both Portmore Pines and Greater Portmore North divisions are complaining about their inability to vote on matters relating to the municipality, as they are considered part of the St Catherine Parish Council, rather than the Portmore Municipal Council.

Arscott explained that small sections of both divisions fall outside the Portmore boundary but said the ministry was working to have the matter resolved.

"We are going to send a proposal to Cabinet on how to resolve the issue, as soon as the Attorney General's Chambers provides us with feedback on the matter," he said.

Acting mayor Leon Thomas confirmed that he will be running for the office.

"I have served my division well and I want to continue serving my division," said Thomas, who is councillor for the Hellshire division.

Lee passed away in September last year, after losing a battle with bone cancer. He was the first mayor of Portmore and the country's first directly elected mayor.

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