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St Thomas PNP councillors write to McKenzie demanding removal of Jones​

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 2:29 PMshanna kay monteith

People’s National Party (PNP) councilors in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation have written to Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, demanding the removal of the councillor for the Yallahs Division, Dean Jones, who they say is ineligible to sit in the council.

The councilors have submitted what they claim is Jones’ civil service P45 Form which shows that he resigned from his government job on December 16, 2016.

The Form is a Certificate of gross emoluments and tax deducted up to the point of leaving the government service.

They note that the local government election was held on November 28, which therefore means that Jones was still a civil servant at the time he won his seat.

A spokesperson for the PNP councillor, Hubert Williams, says this is a clear breach of the Local Governance Act.

Williams says Jones is not qualified to sit or vote in the municipal corporation and his continued presence is an affront to the law.

 

PNP councillor in St Thomas, Hubert Williams

The PNP councillors say the local government minister must act on the matter.

An election petition challenging the election of Jones is currently before the Supreme Court.

The matter is to begin on July 4.