Pryce supporters look to stall PNP selection exercise ... head to court
Lawyers representing members of North East St Elizabeth MP Raymond Pryce are at the Supreme Court trying to get an injunction to stop tomorrow's selection exercise in the constituency.
Up to news time, the matter was not yet placed before a judge.
Pryce, a first-time MP, is being challenged by Evon Redman for the leadership of the constituency and the right to represent the People's National Party (PNP) in the upcoming general election.
Among those persons backing Pryce to remain the party's candidate are Angella Forbes Jarrett and Daphne Holmes, former Mayor of Black River.
On Tuesday, Holmes wrote to PNP General Secretary Paul Burke warning that the constituency "will be bitterly divided" if steps are not taken to remedy issues relating to the selection exercise.
Among other things, Holmes charged that Redman is not a member of a group, and under the PNP's constitution, he is not eligible for election.
The Gleaner understands that Redman is a member of a group which will not be recognised by the party as it has not been in existence for the minimum seven months.
Holmes has also charged that many persons who are listed on the delegates' voters list have long died, and that the constituency secretary has not sought or has on file minutes or records of groups.
Marie Dunkley, another Pryce supporter and member of the constituency, says the party's leadership has not responded to the letter outlining their concerns.
She is insisting that the selection be put off until the concerns are addressed.
North East St Elizabeth should have had its selection conference last week but was pushed back to this weekend.
It is understood that among other things, the lawyers are heading to court with funeral programmes of people who died over one year ago but are listed as delegates.