PNP's Lloyd B Smith withdraws from Central St James
Member of Parliament for Central St. James, Lloyd B. Smith has withdrawn from the election to select a candidate to represent the People’s National Party (PNP) in the next general elections.
PNP general secretary, Paul Burke says he received Smith’s letter yesterday stating his decision not to participate in the selection process.
Burke says Smith’s withdrawal is amicable and he raised no contentious issues in his letter.
Burke also said Smith has given a commitment to working with whoever is selected to represent the PNP in the constituency.
Earlier this month, delegates in the constituency voted 36 to 66 to have Smith removed as the PNP’s candidate.
However, Smith had claimed that the voting process was marred by corruption and irregular procedures and threatened to go public with the matter if the PNP hierarchy did not address it.
The PNP had said it would re-run the poll if it found the claims to be true.
Smith had also said he feared for his life after receiving death threats leading up to the vote against him by delegates of his constituency.
Attorney Ashley Ann Foster and Henry McCurdy will now contest the election to become the PNP caretaker in St. James Central.
Burke says a date is to be set for holding of the selection exercise next week.