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UPDATE: Tension rises among Comrades as voting picks up in NE St Elizabeth run-off

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:50 PM
Everton Fisher and Basil Waite greet each other at the St Elizabeth Technical High School where an internal People's National Party run-off between the two is now under way,

Supporters of Everton Fisher are accusing the People’s National Party’s (PNP) leadership of attempting to discourage them from voting in the internal run-off now under way at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).

The run-off is between Fisher and Basil Waite to replace outgoing Member of Parliament Evon Redman.

The Comrades, mainly from Balaclava and Shiloah, complained that they were not being given the opportunity to vote and the leadership of the party has been showing them the cold shoulder.

“Dem nuh want we vote. It unfair! Dem a ask fi ID and all sort of thing - all marriage certificate weh mi nuh have,” an upset Evette told The Gleaner moments ago.

She said she is among several “delegates” supporting Fisher who have been given a hard time in the effort to vote.

At the voting area set up in the auditorium of the Santa Cruz-based school, other Fisher supporters claim that they were being unfairly treated.

Accusing the leadership on the ground of colluding with the Waite team, the upset supporters said they wanted justice.

“This is where we are going to lose the election, you nuh. Right here so,” a supervisor said, pointing to the doors of the auditorium.

In the meantime, on the outskirts of STEHS, a throng of jubilant Comrades representing both candidates are now gathered, blowing vuvuzelas and knocking pot covers knocking as the voting picks up.