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#NominationDay: The Battle for South East St Mary

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer 

Supporters of the two major political parties are continuing to defy requests of Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown not to place flags or other party paraphernalia in sections of constituencies during the holding of elections.

Nowhere is the defiance more obvious than in the battleground seat of St Mary South East, one of three constituencies where nomination day activities are being held today.

Flags representing the Jamaica Labour Party and People's National Party can been seen all over the constituency ahead of nominations which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the nomination of businessman and pharmacy operator Dr Norman Dunn to represent the JLP.

Medical doctor Shane Alexis is scheduled to be nominated at mid-day. 

They are seeking to replace late PNP Member of Parliament Dr Winston Green who died suddenly in August.

Parchment Brown has repeatedly asked supporters not to place flags along roadways during election time. A

In the Annotto Bay Bus Park two massive billboards have been erected with the images of Alexis and Dunn respectively.  

Alongside the billboard are orange and green flags, while a flag-draped roadway can be seem for miles from Castleton Gardens and continuing into the heart of the constituency, Annotto Bay.

 Some buildings are also draped in the colours of the two parties but so far our news team has not seen many individuals wearing the party colours.

In the meantime, residents are continuing along their daily business, with the loudest noises coming from the bus park as hustlers jostle for passengers as life goes on as usual in the rural constituency.