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#JaVotes2016: JLP’s Clarke claims fraud. Not so says the PNP’s Foster

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:53 PM

 

Adrian Frater - News Editor

Heroy Clarke, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for St. James Central, says he has observed irregularities taking place at a polling station in Farm Heights.

Clarke claims persons are using bogus voter identification cards.

“I have seen it and I have brought it to the attention of the police. But they are telling me that they cannot act without instructions from their supervisor,” he said.

“I will be reporting the situation to the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), because I am very unhappy about it,” he added.

However, when confronted with the allegations, Ashley-Ann Foster, the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate, dismissed the claim as the rumblings of a desperate man.

“There is no truth to the claim. … We don’t believe in committing electoral fraud so the reference could not be to my campaign,” said Foster.

“Things are going pretty good for us and we are confident of a PNP victory. … I would dismiss his claims,” she said.

Central St. James is considered a battleground seat. It was won by the PNP’s Lloyd B. Smith in 2011.

CENTRAL ST. JAMES CANDIDATES

PNP: Ashley-Ann Foster

JLP: Heroy Clarke