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Comrades want by-election now for South St Andrew

Published:Thursday | August 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott
Mark Golding

People's National Party supporters in South St Andrew are daring Prime Minister Andrew Holness to call a by-election for their constituency.

The Comrades say they are tired of calling their standard-bearer Mark Golding "mister".

"A MP we wah call him now. A long time we a wait. We need fi carry him go Parliament. Me just a call Mr Holness now to fly the gate," Keisha, a supporter, accompanied by two others from the constituency, told The Gleaner at a constituency conference last Thursday.

Mark Golding became the PNP's standard-bearer for South St Andrew following the resignation of Dr Omar Davies as chairman and member of parliament for the constituency.

The supporters are adamant that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) stands no choice against the PNP in the constituency when a by-election is called, and so the prime minister, also the leader of the JLP, should writeoff the seat.

The prime minister has given no indication as to when a by-election will be called. However, the Electoral Office of Jamaica has submitted a budget of $80 million to the Ministry of Finance for the holding of three by-elections.

Golding, who spoke at the conference, said that the absence of a member of parliament has caused significant inconvenience to residents living in communities across the constituency.

He said it was particularly challenging now, given that most of the residents are seeking back-to-school supplies to assist in preparing their children for the reopening of school.