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Sisters on separate side

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 4:16 PMLivern Barrett


Viviene Burris and her sister Alicia McClarty sit on either side of the political divide, but says that cannot shake the bond they share.

The two laughed and hugged each other amid the scattering of both Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People's National Party (PNP) supporters gathered at Content Gap Primary School in the constituency of St Andrew East Rural.

Burris, who is now married and a JLP supporter, revealed that she and McClarty -- a PNP supporters -- share the same father and grew up in the same household.

"We have a choice, everybody has a choice and everybody knows who they choose," explained McClarty, decked out in a orange t-shirt bearing the image of the PNP candidate for the constituency Imani Duncan-Price.

"When sugar done later who you think we ago go to? Labourite sugar deh deh and PNP sugar deh deh. We nuh inna nu war or nothing," Burris agreed.

Added McClarty: "Tomorrow morning di whole a we inna bus same way or Saturday di whole a we sid dung a church same way."

And who will have bragging rights this evening after the votes are counted?

Both women said they were unsure. "It's tight, it's very tight," Burris said of the contest between Duncan-Price and the Jamaica Labour Party's candidate Juliet Holness.

What they are certain of, however, is that whatever the outcome of the polls they will both be celebrating tonight. "We nah fuss, we nah fight we ago eat and drink right through the night," Burris declared, to the approval of her sister.