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PNP wants by-elections within three months

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:25 AMJerome Reynolds
Robinson

General Secretary of People’s National Party (PNP), Julian Robinson, says the party expects Prime Minister Andrew Holness to call by-elections within three months of the resignations of Portia Simpson Miller and Dr Omar Davies.

Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, announced yesterday that Simpson Miller and Dr Davies will resign effective June 29.

Prime Minister Holness has given a commitment to call an early by-election in Simpson Miller’s South West St Andrew constituency.

However, he has not indicated a similar commitment in relation to Dr Davies’ South St Andrew constituency.

Robinson says both sides have been meeting on the issue but declined to go into details.

However, he stressed that the PNP expects that by-elections will be called in a timely manner.

 

PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson

Meanwhile, Dr Davies says the law should be amended to specify a fixed timeline within which a by-election must be called. 

 

South St. Andrew MP, Dr. Omar Davis

The outgoing MP says he wants to see a by-election held in his constituency in the shortest possible time. 

He says there should be no extended delay as it would be unacceptable for a constituency to be left without representation for a protracted period.

Davies and Robinson were speaking on RJR’s Beyond the Headlines yesterday.