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Candidates for three by-elections to be nominated today

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week, they were placed in the starting blocks by Prime Minister Andrew Holness when he announced the date for the first by-elections since the 2016 general election, which ended with a one-seat majority in Parliament for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Today, they move into the set position when the governing JLP and the opposition People's National Party (PNP) nominate three representatives to contest the polls, scheduled for October 30, when voters in St Andrew South, St Andrew South West, and St Mary South East will elect new representatives for the House of Representatives.

In the case of the Corporate Area seats, the representatives, former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Dr Omar Davies, resigned and moved into political retirement, while the vacancy in the St Mary seat came with the death of its representative, Dr Winston Green.

All three seats were won by the PNP in 2016, and it would take a political miracle of epic proportions for its representatives Angela Brown Burke (South West) and Mark Golding (South) to not retain the seats for their party.

But it is a different story in St Mary South East, where a titanic battle looms between the JLP's Dr Norman Dunn and the PNP's Dr Shane Alexis.

Last week, both doctors stepped up their campaigning in the constituency while expressing confidence that when the votes are counted on October 30, they will be headed to Gordon House.