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JLP to select West Central St Catherine candidate on Saturday

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 12:53 PM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is to have the long-delayed selection of a candidate for West Central St Catherine on Saturday.

The seat has been mired in controversy for the past three months following long-time Member Of Parliament Dr Kenneth Baugh's decision not to seek re-election.

In July the JLP secretariat discontinued the selection process that would have determined the caretaker for the seat.

Since then, party supporters and delegates have continued to express frustration over the delayed selection process.

Senator, Dr Christopher Tufton; attorney-at-law Kent Gammon and Councillor Devon Wint had expressed an interest in vying for the post.

However, JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, has confirmed that Gammon has since dropped out of the race.

Meanwhile, Dr Chang says all is in place for Saturday’s vote.

He says there are about 500 people eligible to vote and they represent a good cross-section of voters in the constituency.

In the meantime the selection for North East St Catherine is also set for Saturday.

Former People’s National Party MP, Sharon Hay Webster, is vying against JLP deputy treasurer, Leslie Campbell.

The JLP has said it hopes to have all its candidates for the next general elections in place by September 27.