Sun | Oct 21, 2018

Early signs of tension as voting begins to select PNP candidate in NE St Elizabeth

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 11:12 AM
The identification of delegates eligible to vote being checked at the St Elizabeth Technical High School where the People's National Party is selecting a replacement candidate in the North East St Elizabeth constituency today

Voting has started at the St Elizabeth Technical High School where the People's National Party (PNP) is selecting a replacement candidate for Evon Redman in North East St Elizabeth.

The run-off is between Everton Fisher and Basil Waite, with some 1,100 delegates eligible to vote.

Redman, who is the sitting member of parliament, is not seeking re-election.

According to deputy general secretary of the party, Wensworth Skeffery who is on the frontline, the internal polls opened at 10 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m.

But just as the poll opened, tensions began to flair as an irate woman levelled accusations that fraud was about to be committed at the polls.

On top her voice, she said the constitution of the party must be followed in the process and outsiders should not be allowed to vote in the run-off.

"Fraud is about to be committed. If a Basil a go win, him fi win fair and if a Fisher a go win him fi win fair," she declared.

Another woman who had arrived said, "Labourites a vote ya suh and PNP a vote ya suh".

Those issues aside Skeffery, however, maintained that the process has been smooth so far with the delegates trickling in.

"Everything has been okay so far. Everything running as we expected and we are going up until 4 o' clock to give the delegates the opportunity to vote," he told The Gleaner.

Sitting MP Redman and contender Waite have already arrived at the voting centre, while several police officers maintain a presence on the ground.