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#PNPelections: Former JLP councillor left off voters list

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 11:41 AM
PNP supporters out at the National Arena.

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter‎

Former Jamaica Labour Party councillor Gregory Myers who switched to the People's National Party (PNP) over a year ago is not on the list of voters for today's internal polls and he's insisting he wants to exercise his franchise.

"I'm not sure of what the real issue is," he told The Gleaner this morning as he watched other Comrades being screened to cast their vote.

"This is something that should have been sorted out. I'm concerned because I want to exercise my franchise."

Myers is the councillor for the Southfield Division in the St Elizabeth Parish Council.

Richard Parchment is the PNP's chairman and former member of parliament of the St Elizabeth South Eastern constituency in which Southfield falls.

He believes the party did not update its list of representatives since the 2012 local government polls when Myers would have been elected on a JLP ticket.

"He's a councillor and it had been decided that every councillor had a vote in his own right," Parchment said.

He said talks are ongoing with the party's secretariat to resolve the issue.

For group delegates, the party has to be made aware of who the delegates are between January and March when group elections are held to determine the delegates for the conference.

However, the party's constitution allows for the secretariat to be notified of a change of delegates up to seven days before internal elections are held.

Parchment said he emailed general secretary Paul Burke a week ago about Myers' status and Burke reportedly said the email was forwarded to a logistics committee.