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Nomination day: PNP and JLP supporters enter verbal clash at Pembroke Hall centre

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:51 PM

Syranno Baines, Gleaner Writer

It was a chaotic scene outside the Pembroke Hall Community Centre where a sea of People's National Party (PNP) supporters menacingly approached a handful of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters who showed up at the nomination centre just as the PNP's candidate, Keisha Hayle, had arrived at minutes after 11.

While it did not turn violent, as members of the security forces quickly intervened, a PNP supporter allegedly had his shirt ripped off by a female clad in green. 

"Me tell har she nuh supposed to deh yah, a our [PNP] time, fi dem time a one [o'clock], and so it start," said the obviously upset supporter, who refused to comment further.

Other supporters of the JLP could be seen navigating motorbikes through the thick crowd of orange-clad individuals.

Security presence has since increased. 

Accompanied by top brass of the PNP, namely PNP President Dr Peter Phillips, Chairman Fitz Jackson and Chairman for Region 3, Phillip Paulwell, Hayle completed the nomination process at around 11:20 a.m.

There was a slight delay in the process as EOJ's returning officer insisted that Hayle present her TRN card for verification, although the number was already written on the documents she presented. 

Hayle sent to have her TRN card retrieved from her vehicle, bringing a smooth end to the process.