Fri | Aug 17, 2018

Fisher cries foul, cites intimidation at PNP NE St Elizabeth run-off

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 3:47 PM
Everton Fisher (black hat) is surrounded by jubilant supporters as he arrived at the St Elizabeth Technical High School this morning.

Everton Fisher, a contender in the run-off to become standard bearer for the People's National Party (PNP) in the tension-stricken St Elizabeth North East constituency, has declared he will not be intimidated by his opponent Basil Waite.

The two are locked in a battle at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in St Elizabeth.

Speaking with The Gleaner this morning just outside of the polling area, Fisher accused Waite of importing people into the constituency.

"A lot of people from Kingston come into the area trying to intimidate the people here. But they will not be intimidated and they will come out and vote," the former Black River mayor declared, shortly after voting around 11:33 a.m.

"The people understand what to do," Fisher continued.

He said he was not too worried about the alleged instances of intimidation, expressing confidence of emerging the victor after the ballots are counted.

"We are looking at 550 persons to vote for me... that's what I am looking for," he said.

One thousand one hundred delegates are down to vote in today's election.

Fisher said he was waiting for more of his supporters to arrive from church.

He also mentioned that the he was keenly watching the weather, which he said, could disrupt activities.

Waite was not immediately available to answer to Fisher's charges, however, he was seen marshalling of group of people who had gathered outside of the STETHS school gate.

The internal poll is set to close at 4:00 p.m.