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Yallahs election petition under way

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 12:37 PMShanna Kaye Monteith

The hearing of the election petition challenging the election of councillor for the Yallahs division, Dean Jones of the JLP has been adjourned until 2 o'clock in the Supreme Court to allow the judge time to make a decision on certain objections raised this morning.

The hearing was earlier stalled after attorney-at-law Marvalyn Taylor-Wright, who is representing Jones, raised various objections to affidavits that were said to be filed months before.

However, Justice Bryan Sykes described Taylor-Wright's bid to object to the admissibility of evidence during today's hearing as absolutely outrageous and a waste of the court’s time.

Justice Sykes said issues of inadmissibility should have been raised prior to the hearing.

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

Bogle, who is the former councillor of the Yallahs division, argued that at the time Jones was nominated he was employed in the public service, which would have made him ineligible to contest the poll.

He also claims that Jones was not living in the parish for 12 consecutive months before the elections as required by law.

There is a five-five tie between the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.