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Students make way as Norman Gardens Division candidates nominated

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TEACHERS and parents at the Windward Road Primary and Junior High School had a difficult time getting students to assemble on the playing field yesterday, to allow the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People's National Party (PNP) candidates hassle-free passage for Nomination Day activities.

Nomination Day proceedings for the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation by-election clashed with the school's sports day, and the children were all too happy to be out and about.

The JLP's candidate Headley Wilson, clad in green attire, arrived at the nomination centre with his entourage at about 12:00 pm. He was accompanied by Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams and his deputy Winston Ennis.

Cheers erupted after Wilson handed over his 30 $100 bills, and shook hands with the returning officer.

Wilson told journalists that he is confident about the upcoming by-elections.

“Angela [Brown Burke] is the heavyweight, she's not here anymore so I'm more confident this time around,” he said.

Should he win, he said his first order of business would be to fix the roads in the area.

“I can't even find words to describe the condition of the roads. I have some roads in Rollington Town. I'm sure from those were built, nothing was done to them,” he said.

In support of his colleague, Williams told the Jamaica Observer that he, too, is confident.

“The JLP has never been given the opportunity. What Mr Wilson is saying to them now is, 'Give us the opportunity; give us the choice of following the pathway to the development of the community that we are offering, then we'll see the fruits of that',” the Kingston mayor said.

About 1:00 pm, a marching band announced the arrival of PNP candidate Jacqueline Lewis. PNP leader Dr Peter Phillips and other senior members of the party, including Dr Angela Brown Burke, Julian Robinson and Phillip Paulwell were on hand to support Lewis.

“I have been working and will continue to work,” Lewis said yesterday. “It is always an easy win, this is a walkover.

“What I know I'm going to build on is her (Brown Burke) legacy that she has left, and I'm going to create one also, so she can be proud of it. I'm going to do an old people hostel and call it the Angela Brown Burke Hostel.”

Lewis, who has been an active member of the party for many years, is said to have contributed to the development of the division.

“Jackie and I have been working together for the last umpteen years, building the Norman Gardens Division... in terms of community development, she was there with us when we were building the parks. She was there when we were building communities together, in terms of peace building. She ran the Angela Care Kitchen. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that she will continue,” Brown Burke said yesterday.

The by-election for the Norman Gardens Division and St Andrew North Western constituency is set for March 5.