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UPDATE: PNP rules ex JLP councillor Myers cannot vote #PNPelections

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 9:52 PM

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter

Gregory Myers, the former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councilor who switched to the People's National Party (PNP) a year ago will not get a chance to vote in today's internal polls for president and vice presidents.

The party's appeal committee has ruled that his name cannot at this stage be added to the list of delegates allowed to vote.

"We had the process (of appeal) and the ruling stands," deputy PNP chairman Anthony Hylton told The Gleaner. "He's not the only one so affected [and] he's not been singled out. I think three or four persons so affected.

He added:"I think we have to make sure we apologise to him. Part of it is that he had made a switch and it just wasn't captured on the list. We value him and we welcome him and we'll communicate that to him".

Myers, meanwhile, has said he is 'disappointed'.

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 had argued that 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.

Parchment, who was MP (2012-2016) also argued that as councillor, Myers should have been allowed to vote.