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Former St Thomas councillor reveals he didn't know opponent's job status until after defeat

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The former councillor who filed an election petition seeking the removal of the man who defeated him in last November's local government poll has testified that his motive for the legal challenge was not to win the election through the court.

Constantine Bogle, the defeated People's National Party (PNP) candidate for the Yallahs division of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, was giving evidence as the hearing of the petition began in the Supreme Court, in downtown Kingston this morning.

Bogle is contending that Dean Jones, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate who won the election, should be disqualified because at the time of the poll he was employed in the government service and did not live in the division, both in contravention of the law.

But responding to questions from Jones' attorney Marvalyn Taylor Wright, Bogle acknowledged that up to the day of the election he had no detailed knowledge of his opponent's employment.

However, Bogle said he found out days later in December 2016 after he overheard Jones saying he was employed to the Court Management Service.

Bogle acknowledged also that this was not included in the three affidavits to which he swore.