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East Portland by-election moved to April 4

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The by-election for the East Portland constituency has been shifted to April 4.

The poll was initially announced for Monday, March 25 by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a mass rally in Port Antonio Square last Friday. Nomination day was slated to have been March 8.

But a press statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister last night acknowledged that the initial calculation wrongly factored Ash Wednesday in accounting for nomination day.

“This announcement supersedes that made on Friday, March 1, 2019, to take into account the public holiday of Ash Wednesday, which falls on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and which is an ‘excluded day’ for the purpose of Section 21 (1A) of the Representation of the People Act, which provides that the day appointed for nomination day shall be at least five clear days after the announcement of an election.”

Nomination day will now be on Friday, March 15.

The seat will be contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s Ann-Marie Vaz and Damion Crawford of the People’s National Party.