Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
WITH local government election just three weeks away, People's National Party (PNP) operatives in Clarendon are confident of retaking control of the Clarendon Parish Council that it lost to the Jamaica Labour Party in the December 2007 local government election.
According to minority leader of the Clarendon Parish Council, Scean Barnswell, the party will push its seat majority to 15, up from the five seats it currently has. He predicted that the JLP would win seven seats.
"Based on the results from the December 29 general election, the caucus of PNP candidates in Clarendon would have won 12 of the 22 seats in the parish, plus, we have also targeted another three winnable seats to push our advantage to at least a 15-seat majority," said Barnswell.
Candidates in place
"The general election results is showing that we won one seat in South East Clarendon (Hayes division), all four in South West Clarendon, three in North Clarendon, three in North East Clarendon and one in Central Clarendon, for a 12-seat count. As for the other three seats that we have targeted, I will keep that information close to my chest for now because, as you know, it isn't politically prudent to disclose such information at this time," added Barnswell.
The two-term councillor also informed The Gleaner that all 22 PNP proposed candidates are already in place and are ready for the March 5 nomination exercise and, by extension, the local government poll on March 26.
"Yes, we are ready. All 22 of us are already ratified by the PNP's National Campaign Committee and are now ready for nomination day and, of course, the March 26 election. I am certain that a significant number of the PNP (proposed) candidates will mirror the last general election results and pull off a spectacular win in areas we least expected," stated Barnswell.