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PNP councillors boycott St Thomas swearing-in ceremony

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:22 PM
Empty seats in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation as People’s National Party councillors boycott the swearing-in ceremony in Morant Bay.

Shanna Monteith, Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party councilors in St Thomas have boycotted today’s swearing-in ceremony amid claims that Jamaica Labour Party councillor-elect Dean Jones is unfit to sit in the local authority.

Jones has won the local government election in the Yallahs division.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, councillor of the White Horses Division Hubert Williams said the PNP had asked for a postponement of the ceremony until the matter is rectified.

 

An election petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to block Jones from sitting in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.

The PNP says Jones does not live in St Thomas as is required by law for councillors in the parish.

Williams also says as a civil servant who is not a teacher, Jones is disqualified to run as a councillor.

 

Cuncillor of the White Horses in St Thomas Hubert Williams

The final count of votes in St Thomas saw a five-five tie between the PNP and the JLP.

This means that returning officer for the parish must elect the mayor from the party with the most votes overall and the deputy from the opposing team.

The JLP has the most popular votes and so the mayor will be elected from that side.

Lenworth Thomas is tipped to be named mayor.