PNP says timing of St Andrew NW by-election has affected its preparation
People's National Party (PNP) chairman Fitz Jackson has admitted that the timing of the by-election in St Andrew North Western has affected the party's preparation for the poll.
However, Jackson says the party will be deploying all its human resources to support its candidate to mount an effective challenge with the aim of winning the constituency that was represented by now retired Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith.
At a meeting of the JLP's Area Council One last night, party leader Andrew Holness declared that the by-election will be held on March 5.
Holness presented Dr Nigel Clarke as the party's candidate to replace Smith.
The PNP says school principal Keisha Hayle will be contesting the seat on the party's ticket.
Meanwhile, Jackson says the PNP is fully prepared to contest the Norman Gardens Division that was left vacant after the incumbent, the PNP's Dr Angella Brown Burke, resigned to contest the South West St Andrew seat, which she won.
He says the party is expected to retain the division after the by-election that's also slated for March 5.