JLP, PNP candidates confident of win in St Thomas by-election
John Lee and Constantine Bogle were duly nominated yesterday as councillor candidates for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP), respectively, in the April 27 by-election for the Yallahs division in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.
Despite what seemed as a last-minute decision to install Lee as the JLP's chairman of the Yallahs division in St Thomas, delegates and supporters of the party have expressed strong confidence in his ability to win.
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, and constituency chairman and member of parliament for St Thomas Eastern, James Robertson, were fixed at Lee's side as he went through the nomination activities at the Yallahs Baptist Church Hall.
"It is surprising that a man who was born, raised, grew up, do business and have some of the most popular events in the parish is not known. I think it's a form of propaganda," said McKenzie in pushing back against claims by the PNP that Lee was unknown to the electorate.
In an effort to clear rumours that he was not from the parish, Lee told The Gleaner that he is a past student of Morant Bay High and Yallahs Primary. "I am from the division ... . No other message [is necessary]," he said, adding that his confidence lay in the work that Jones put in.
Meanwhile, confirming her faith in Bogle, Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government Angela Brown Burke said the party would not take the election for granted.
"We take nothing lightly. The election is about gaining the confidence of electors and we encourage them to come out and vote for us.