Tufton says he will not back down from St Catherine seat bid
Opposition Senator, Dr Christopher Tufton, says he will not back down from seeking to represent the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in West Central St Catherine, despite protest action by some party supporters.
Yesterday, the supporters blocked roads in a section of the constituency protesting Tufton's decision to enter the race to replace Dr Ken Baugh, who will not be seeking to reelection.
The small group of Labourites argued that if Tufton gets the nod and loses in the next general elections, he may not stick with them.
However, Dr Tufton says while he respects the right of the supporters to express themselves, they do not represent the majority opinion.
He says he and his team are now more encouraged to go after the seat.
Meanwhile, Dr Tufton says no date has been set for the delegates of the constituency to select a replacement for Dr Baugh.
He says there are issues surrounding the voters list and the partiality of the JLP secretariat that have to be sorted out first.
It is understood that one member of the party secretariat, which is responsible for electoral matters, has declared support for a candidate.
Dr Tufton is facing competition from Councillor Devon Wint and attorney-at-law Kent Gammon.
Tufton lost his South West St Elizabeth seat in the 2011 general elections and resigned as caretaker in January.