Terrelonge says PNP wants polling station moved out of desperation
Alando Terrelonge, the St Catherine East Central candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), says attempts by the People's National Party (PNP) to have three polling stations relocated from the Gregory Park Primary School is an act of desperation.
"It is very disappointing that the PNP would seek to mar the electoral process by making false allegations that their supporters in the Gregory Park community will not be able to vote freely at the Gregory Park Primary School," Terrelonge told The Gleaner.
In 2011, the PNP's Arnaldo Brown won St Catherine East Central by 558 votes beating Camille Buchanan of the JLP.
But with the seat classified as a battleground, the PNP now feels that many of its supporters from an area in Portmore Villa known as Gulf are fearful of travelling to Gregory Park Primary to cast ballots in Thursday’s general election.
In the last general election, Brown got 107 votes to Buchanan’s 63 in Polling Division 12, one of the polling stations about which the PNP has concerns.
Brown won in Polling Division 4 by two votes and lost Polling Division 3, 122 voted to 69.
"It is a desperate attempt to hijack the democratic process in Jamaica by having a poling station with a cluster of polling divisions removed simply because they fear losing the election," Terrelonge said.
The JLP candidate said labourites in Gulf have received death threats from PNP-aligned thugs.
"Some JLP supporters have already fled the Gulf area. Some have been told that they will be killed if they go out and vote for the Jamaica Labour Party," Terrelonge said.