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JLP councillor for Yallahs division disqualified, by-election ordered

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 11:47 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court has voided the election of Dean Jones, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Yallahs Division of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, who handed down the decision a short time ago, has also ordered that an election be held in the division "in the shortest possible time."

The decision gives the People's National Party (PNP) a 5-4 advantage in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.

The decision to disqualify Jones came after Justice Sykes found that he was a public employee at the time of the local government elections in November 2016.

In that election, Jones defeated the PNP's Constantine Bogle.

Bogle later went to court to have Jones disqualified on the grounds that, at the time of the poll, he was not a resident of the division and that he was also a public servant, both in breach of electoral laws.

Justice Sykes found that there was not sufficient evidence before the court to make a determination on whether Jones resided in the division at the time of the election.

However, he said he found that Jones was a public employee on the date of the local government elections.

"Therefore he was not eligible to be elected as a councillor, " Sykes said.

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