TIMELINE: How Raymond paid the 'Pryce'
The North East St Elizabeth MP Raymond Pryce today resigned as deputy general secretary of the People's National Party (PNP).
Pryce had been coming under increased pressure since Monday when throngs of his supporters descended on the PNP's Old Hope Road headquarters demanding that he be kept as the standard bearer for North East St Elizabeth.
The seat is to be contested by businessman Evon Redman for the PNP in the next general election.
Pryce's resignation also coincides with a series of actions by his supporters who insist that he should remain in the constituency.
Here's the timeline:
September 4, 2015
First-term parliamentarian Raymond Pryce is set to face, possibly, the sternest test of his short political career when he butts heads with political aspirant Evon Redman in another day.
September 11, 2015
Supreme Court Justice Bryan Sykes has granted a 28-day ex parte injunction to a Raymond Pryce supporter barring the holding of a People's National Party election in his North East St Elizabeth constituency.
September 12, 2015
The bitter selection contest in St Elizabeth North East between incumbent Raymond Pryce and challenger Evon Redman has taken a new turn.
September 13, 2015
The battle over who is to represent the People's National Party in North East St Elizabeth took an ominous turn last Friday, when it moved into the courts and became uglier yesterday as it played out in a nasty way on the streets of the constituency. (In photo - Fire personnel helping the police to clear one of the many roadblocks allegedly mounted by Comrades opposed to sitting Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce in North East St Elizabeth on September 12, 2015.)
September 14, 2015
Raymond Pryce will not go forward as a prospective candidate for the People's National Party in North East St Elizabeth. The first time MP, who is also deputy general secretary of the party, was told by the executive of the party that his application to represent the PNP has not been accepted.
September 16, 2015
The injunction which barred the PNP from undertaking a candidate selection in North East St Elizabeth has been lifted. The injunction was lifted by Supreme Court judge Justice Bryan Sykes after PNP member and former Mayor of Black River, Daphne Holmes, withdrew her application.
September 16, 2015
Businessman Evon Redman is set to represent the People's National Party (PNP) in North East St Elizabeth.
September 18, 2015
Supporters of the outgoing North East St Elizabeth MP Raymond Pryce Friday afternoon took their protest to the town of Santa Cruz demanding that the People's National Party allows him to stay as their representative. (In photo – Pryce’s supporters descended on the town of Santa Cruz Friday afternoon with placards in support of their MP.)
January 4, 2016
Pryce supporters in North East St Elizabeth admit to blocking the roads.
January 5, 2016
"Let me tell you that right now, a convoy of 14 Coaster buses, private cars and other vehicles will be heading to PNP headquarters. We are going to occupy PNP headquarters until this thing is settled. We are bringing pots, pans, bananas and pickney. It means we not leaving, 'cause PNP headquarters is for every PNP," a Pryce supporter told The Gleaner. (In photo - Firemen remove a tree that was used to block a section of the Georges Valley main road in North East St Elizabeth where persons loyal to Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce attempted to put pressure on the People’s National Party to reinstate him as the standard-bearer for the upcoming election.)
January 10, 2016
A contingent of supporters of North East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce is now meeting with officers of the People’s National Party (PNP) after busloads of them descended on the party’s headquarters.
January 11, 2016
Redman remains! PNP keeps aspirant despite protest by Pryce supporters
Numerous People’s National Party (PNP) supporters from North East St Elizabeth have left a meeting with senior party officials upset after the hierarchy insisted that it would be keeping Evon Redman as the candidate for the constituency in the upcoming general election.
January 13, 2016
Raymond Pryce has resigned as Deputy General Secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP).