Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Judge to rule in Yallahs Division election petition in four months

Published:Tuesday | December 5, 2017 | 7:23 PM

Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes says he will deliver his verdict in the Yallahs Division election petition case within 120 days.

Justice Sykes heard final oral submissions Tuesday afternoon.

Written submissions were made to the court last month.

The election petition was filed by the People’s National Party’s Constantine Bogle against the Jamaica Labour Party’s Dean Jones, who won the seat in the November 28, 2016 local government elections.

Bogle, who is the former councillor for the Yallahs Division, is claiming that Jones did not live in the parish and was a civil servant up to the time of the elections.

He argues that Jones is, therefore, unfit to serve in the municipal corporation.

Tuesday Jones’ attorney argued, among other things, that he was not a public servant at the time of nomination.

The attorney contended that Jones was not appointed by the Governor General noting that all civil servants are appointed by the Head of State.

But Bogle’s attorney argued that Jones was employed as a judge’s orderly and was, therefore, a government worker. 

The lawyer also argued that in an application for leave from his job Jones gave a St Catherine address.

The attorney argued that by doing so he disqualified himself from running for a seat in St. Thomas.

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

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