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#LocalGovtElection: Voting for land title

Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 12:45 PMOkoye Henry
77-year-old Elsie Owens is sandwiched by Radcliffe Andy (left) and Evon Clayton, as the elder makes her way to the polling station at the Petersfield High School in Westmoreland to cast her vote in the Petersfield Division.

Seventy-seven-year-old Elsie Owens was steadily assisted to the polling station at the Petersfield High School in Westmoreland this morning to cast her vote for the People’s National Party (PNP), in hopes that the effort will lead to her long-held dream of finally owning a land title.

The die-hard PNP elder told The Gleaner that she proudly casts her vote for the incumbent Donald Gordon of the Petersfield Division, who, if wins, will assist her to get the land title for the piece of lot she has been living on since 1977.

“If I voted for the JLP then I would have to come off because I got a piece (of land) already long time and the JLP win and they took it away from me,” said Owens.

She added that several generations of her family born and grew up on the captured land and believes their dream hinges on Gordon winning over first-time George Wright from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

“My parents were PNP. They are a good party and I don't find no fault with the party,” said Owens.

DIVISION: Petersfield
PNP: Donald Gordon (incumbent)
JLP: George Wright (first-time)