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#JaVotes2016: Woman parades goat in orange for Comrades heading to Mandeville meeting

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 7:06 PM
Audrey Herron (right) and Eleadel Smith along Porus main road with a goat clad in an orange shirt, the colour of the People's National Party.

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter 

A nameless ewe goat is paraded outside the gate of Audrey Herron and  Eleadel Smith in Porus, Central Manchester.

The animal, robed in a bright orange shirt, is a 'supporter' of the governing People's National Party (PNP), and has been put on the side of the road to 'tell' passersby not to be fooled by the colour of the house behind her.

Herron told The Gleaner that there are six eligible voters in her household, all of whom will be casting ballots for the PNP's Peter Bunting on February 25.

"The house is in green and people tend to ask why the house is in green and we are PNP so this is to show that even though the grass is green, everything over here is still PNP and will forever be PNP," said Herron.

While Herron stood at her gate, vehicles loaded with comrades were heading to Mandeville for a mass meeting, which will be headlined by PNP president and Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller and finance minister Dr Peter Phillips.

"I am not going to the meeting because I am not well," said Herron who is fighting the flu.

The PNP has held Central Manchester since 1989 when John Junor served as MP to 2007 when he handed over to Bunting who is now seeking a third term.

In addition to dressing up the goat, Herron has transformed a Michael Stewart display button into an earring.

Stewart is the PNP's candidate for South Manchester, a PNP stronghold since 1989.

It's last MP was Michael Peart who recently retired.

"I know we have victory with Bunting and Stewart. I am confident that come election day we will win those seats," Herron said.