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JTA working on new guidelines for June presidential elections

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 10:17 AM
Doran Dixon

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it will by month end sign off on new procedures to govern the conduct of internal elections.

JTA president Doran Dixon says the new procedures will be in place before presidential elections in June.

He says the Electoral Office of Jamaica will also be involved.


JTA president, Doran Dixon

Last year’s presidential elections were marred by claims of irregularities by Georgia Waugh Richards who finished second to Norman Allen.

She was initially announced the winner, but the JTA retracted and announced Allen as the winner. 

Waugh was successful in getting a recount that confirmed her defeat.

She later withdrew a lawsuit against the JTA.

Meanwhile, the JTA president says four candidates will contest this year’s elections which will determine the president-elect for the 2015/2016 year.

Among them are the principal of the Moneague Teachers’ College in St Ann, Howard Isaacs and principal of Friendship Primary in St Catherine, Collington Powell.

The others are teachers Claudette James and Ancel Palmer.

More than 20,000 teachers are expected to vote in the upcoming polls.