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#JaVotes2016: JLP father, PNP mother, baby in caught in the middle

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:21 PM
Chevelle Gordon (left) a PNP supporter and her baby father Shellando Bernard who supports the JLP and their baby Lionel seen here at a voting centre in Greenwich Farm.

Shellando Bernard believes his young son, six months old, Lionel, represents a green sprout in the People's National Party dominated South West St Andrew.

The elder Bernard, is one of the few hundred JLP voters in the constituency controlled by Portia Simpson Miller, the PNP president and Prime Minister of Jamaica.

But Chevelle Gordon, the baby's mother is a PNP supporter and thinks the child will follow her ways.

As labourites and comrades mingle outside a polling station in Greenwich Farm, the contrast of young Bernard, dressed in green, resting across his mother's orange clad chest could not be missed.

Chevelle, however, said that the colour of her child's shirt is merely coincidental.

"Its not the father, is me put in him green. It nuh have nuttin fi do with it,' she said.

The PNP wears orange and the JLP wears green.

The senior Bernard says green represents prosperity, and that with him being the head of the household his son will follow his lead.

The PNP's Simpson Miller is being challenged by the JLP's Victor Hyde for the seat she has won since 1976.

Bernard told The Gleaner that he expects Simpson Miller to win the constituency but is hopeful the JLP will win the general elections, which would give both him and his partner something to smile about later.