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Yallahs Division election petition hearing pushed back to May 24

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:34 PM

The hearing of the election petition challenging the election of councillor for the Yallahs Division in St Thomas, Dean Jones, has again been pushed back.

The hearing could not begin in the Supreme Court yesterday because the court was told that Jones has a new lawyer.

The attorney informed the court that he needed time to prepare.

The trial was then rescheduled to next week Wednesday, May 24.

The petition was filed by the People’s National Party’s Constantine Bogle following the November 28, 2016 local government elections.

Bogle, who is the former councillor for the Yallahs Division, is claiming that Jones does not live in the parish and that up to the time of the elections he was a civil servant.

He argues that Jones is, therefore, unfit to serve in the municipal corporation.

However, Jones has denied the allegations stating that he has lived in St Thomas for years and has called Bogle a sore loser.

There’s a five-five tie between the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party in the municipal corporation.