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#JaVotes2016: Desmond leads green parade in West Kingston

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 2:57 PM
Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party's Desmond McKenzie on their way to the Nomination Centre in Denham Town, Kingston Western.
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Barbara Ellington, Public Affairs Editor

In just two hours there was a remarkable transformation from the medium-sized, orange-clad crowd gathered in front of Denham Town High School at 11 a.m. in support of the People's National Party's Joseph 'Bunny' Witter.

It couldn't compare to the forest of green that packed the same venue shortly after 1 p.m in support of the incumbent MP Desmond McKenzie of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Police personnel had their hands full as they guided the single lane of traffic through the gathering.

At the school gate, Winnifred Richie, a resident of Tivoli Gardens since 1969, said she has a proud tradition of JLP support going back to her grandparents.

"My godmother was Iris Collins, our first Member of the House of Representatives from Cambridge in St James," she said.

She told The Gleaner that her husband has passed on and her children now live overseas but she will not be shifting her support from he beloved party any time soon.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Edwards who operates Jonathan's North Side Restaurant at the corner of North Street and Spanish Town Road, was kept busy serving fried chicken with fries and other menu items to hungry supporters.

Fridays and Saturdays are his busiest days but having been there since 1982, he says he has seen better days.

"I was even held up at home some years ago and the gunmen took everything but I am lucky to be alive and still going on," he said while keeping a watchful eye on the green throng outside.

He added that he was happy for the extra sales generated by the Nomination Day excitement.