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PNP councillors to move no confidence motion against Morant Bay mayor, deputy

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 10:45 AM

People’s National Party (PNP) councillors in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation are expected to move a vote of no confidence against Morant Bay Mayor Lenworth Rawle and his deputy Michael Hue, shortly.

Minority Leader Hubert Williams says he has informed the corporation CEO Judith McKenzie Lawrence of his intent to table the no-confidence motion.

Williams says the letter of intent was presented Wednesday morning and the motion is to be moved at a special sitting of the municipal corporation to be held in seven days.

He contends that Mayor Rawle and his deputy both lack the integrity and accountability to preside over the parish council and therefore wants them stripped of their titles. 

Williams says the distrust follows Tuesday's ruling of the Supreme Court nullifying the election of Dean Jones, the Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Yallahs division.

"They all knew what was going on and at the same time they tried to hide and protect what they were doing so at this time we have no choice but to remove them from leadership," Williams said.

Justice Bryan Sykes found that Jones was a public sector employee at the time of the local government elections in November 2016 in which he defeated the PNP’s Constantine Bogle.

The Representation of the People Act prohibits public sector employees from contesting local government elections.

The voiding of the election of Jones as the Yallahs division councillor gives the PNP a 5-4 advantage in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.

Sykes has ordered a by-election the division in the shortest possible time.

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