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Why me? PNP Yallahs candidate decries police search at nomination centre

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 6:02 PM
Constantine Bogle (third right), the incumbent councillor for the Yallahs division with supporters in St Thomas - Shanna Monteith

Shanna Monteith, Gleaner Writer

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:
One of the six People's National Party (PNP) local government candidates today nominated in St Thomas Western has decried the process, describing it as dehumanising and demoralising after he was subjected to a search by the police.

Constantine Bogle, the incumbent councillor for the Yallahs division told reporters this was the first time he and his team were being searched before entering a nomination centre.

"We want to know if this is a government policy or if it is just something that the police take upon themselves to hold some people to one standard and let through some others," he said.

"You can’t demoralise and dehumanise people like that. I'm not accused of anything."

Acting Mayor Edwin Marr says the search was an embarrassment to politicians.

However, security officials say it is standard procedure to search everyone entering the nomination centre.

The PNP currently holds four of the six parish council divisions in St Thomas Western.

Also in St Thomas today, a PNP supporter was arrested in Yallahs after he was held with a knife.

He is to be charged with possession of an offensive weapon.