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#JaVotes2016: Paulwell claims Portmore 'garrisons'

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 2:41 PM
Paulwell

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Phillip Paulwell, the People's National Party (PNP) regional chairman for corporate area seat has labelled two of the three seats in Portmore, St Catherine as "garrisons".

Portmore has three seats, all of which were won by the PNP in the last general election.

Two of those seats — St Catherine South, where Fitz Jackson is the representative and St Catherine South East where Colin Fagan is the standard bearer — are considered safe, and at a PNP meeting in Portia Simpson Miller Square, St Andrew Tuesday night, Paulwell dubbed them "the garrisons".

Some nine 'garrisons' are believed to be in Jamaica.

Six are PNP strongholds — Kingston Central, Kingston East and Port Royal, St Andrew Western, St Andrew East Central, St Andrew South West and St Andrew South.

Three are JLP — Kingston West, Clarendon Central and St. Catherine Central.

Fitz Jackson last Saturday described his opponent, the Reverend Welton Shettlewood of the JLP as suicidal.

After completing a motorcade in the constituency on Saturday, Jackson said he was merely "tightening up all the loose screws to bury a man that has suicidal tendency to walk in the PNP stonewall of South St Catherine."

Shettlewood is the fourth opponent Jackson will face in the constituency after Keith Hinds in 2011, Errol Williamson in 2007 and 2002 and James Robertson in 1997.