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Judge reserves judgment on injunction in Portmore boundary case

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Supreme Court judge Lennox Campbell has reserved judgment in an application seeking to bar the Local Government Minister from issuing an order ratifying boundary changes in the Portmore Municipal.

The judge is also to rule on an order being sought to bar the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) from collecting and verifying signatures collected from electors in the municipality.

The application was heard in chambers yesterday.

The ECJ had embarked on an exercise to collect signatures with the aim of correcting boundary changes in the municipality.

The application, filed by councillor/caretaker for the Southboro Division Lennox Hines, is seeking to challenge the legality of the action taken by the ECJ.

Hines, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Shane Dalling, is contending, among other things, that the method being used by the ECJ to fix the boundary problems in Portmore is illegal.

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.

Last year, the House of Representatives passed amendments to the Municipalities Act which, among other things, made provisions for the councillors to take their seats in the municipal council.

The men were subsequently sworn-in to the municipal council.

Meanwhile, the ECJ has indicated that it has already collected the number of signatures required to extend the boundaries to include the two divisions in the Portmore municipality.