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Supreme Court turns down injunction by Portmore councillors

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 2:36 PM

The Supreme Court turned down an application by two councillors who were seeking an injunction to bar the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) from continuing to collect signatures to correct boundary issues in the Portmore Municipality.

The application, which was filed by attorney-at-law Shane Dalling on behalf of councillors Keith Blake and Welton Shettlewood, was heard in chambers by Justice Lennox Campbell.

Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott and the ECJ are the defendants.

The attorney told our news centre this afternoon that the court ruled that ECJ should be given more time to respond to the application and as such it could not grant the ex parte injunction at this time.

Dalling argues that the method being used by the ECJ to fix the boundary problems in Portmore is illegal.

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No date has been set for when the matter will be heard.

The ECJ is seeking to collect the signatures of seven per cent of the population of Portmore to get the go ahead to fix boundary changes in the Municipality which have affected the Portmore Pines and Greater Portmore North divisions.

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.