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Supreme Court to decide next week on Portmore boundary injunction

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 8:33 AM

The Supreme Court is expected to decide next week Tuesday on declarations being sought on the legality of boundary changes in the Portmore Municipality.

The court is also to decide on an injunction which is being sought to bar the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) from collecting signatures to correct boundary issues in the municipality.

The application came before Justice Frank Williams in chambers on Tuesday but the proceedings had to be rescheduled to next week because the defence was not ready.

Councillor Lennox Hines, who being represented by attorney-at-law Shane Dalling, have filed an application challenging the action of the ECJ.

The councillor is contending, among other things, that the method being used by the ECJ to fix the boundary problems in Portmore is illegal.

Boundary changes in 2010 resulted in the councillors for the Greater Portmore North and Portmore Pines divisions having to sit in the St. Catherine Parish Council instead of the municipal council.

However, the ECJ has indicated that it has already collected the number of signatures required to extend the boundaries to include the two divisions in the Portmore municipality..