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Police trying to avert potential clash between PNP, JLP supporters in St Mary

Published:Saturday | November 26, 2016 | 11:13 PM

The police in St Mary is now trying to avert a clash between supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the town of Oracabessa.

Head of the St Mary Police Deputy Superintendent Dwight Powell told The Gleaner a short while ago that a group of PNP supporters, led by a candidate in Monday’s Local Government Elections, are holding a meeting in Oracabessa without a permit.

“An application was submitted [for the permit], but none was granted,” Powell said.

On the other hand, he said a JLP motorcade, which has the approval of the police, is making its way through other parts of the parish and is expected to arrive in Oracabessa shortly.

Powell said the police are now trying to use moral suasion to convince the PNP supporters to leave the area before the JLP supporters arrive.

“I know the Councillor to be a responsible person and I’m still trying to use moral suasion,” he said.

Asked why the police have not enforced the law against the unauthorised meeting, Powell said efforts are being made to have the issue resolved peacefully.

“It’s not the candidates, it’s the supporters. If they are in a militant mood you don’t want to excite them any further,” he explained.