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JLP mayoral candidate for Portmore welcomes boundaries ruling

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 11:25 PM
Blake says the ruling is a win for the true residents of Portmore.

Keith Blake, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) mayoral candidate for the Portmore Municipal Corporation, has welcomed the decision of the Appeal Court to overturn boundary changes made to the municipality in 2014.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal ruled that the changes were null and void. 

It means that people in some areas like Lakes Pen will not be able to vote in the Portmore Mayoral election.

Blake says the ruling is a win for the true residents of Portmore.

The Portmore boundaries were extended to include areas such as Grange Lane and Quarry Hill, which fall in Spanish Town.

The JLP mayoral candidate contends that the inclusion of these areas was undertaken by the then governing People’s National Party (PNP) for political advantage in the Portmore mayoral race.

 

Keith Blake, JLP mayoral candidate for the Portmore Municipal Corporation

However, Fitz Jackson, campaign manager for the PNP’s mayoral candidate Leon Thomas, says the party is studying the court’s ruling to decide on the next course of action.

At the same time, he’s contending that the ruling will affect residents of Portmore from receiving full representation from the Portmore municipality.

Jackson, who is also the Member of Parliament for South St Catherine, which falls includes Portmore, further argues that the boundary changes to the municipality reflected the expansion of the municipality.

He further says the boundary changes were meant to align communities with the adjustments to the boundaries of the three constituencies in Portmore.

 

Fitz Jackson, campaign manager for the PNP’s mayoral candidate in Portmore, Leon Thomas

Blake and Jackson were speaking in an interview on Nationwide Radio this morning.