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PNP, JLP giving 'Independents' boot

Published:Friday | March 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) are moving to kick out at least four members who were nominated as independents to contest the March 26 local government elections.

JLP General Secretary Aundré Franklin yesterday reported that the party has started the process to expel three of its members while PNP Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson confirmed that one member of that party is to be kicked out.

"We have started the process to expel Ivan Anderson and he should get the letter shortly," Robinson told The Gleaner.

Robinson noted that Anderson, a former chairman of the St Ann Parish Council, has been nominated as an independent candidate for the Brown's Town division and will contest the election against a nominated PNP candidate.

"The constitution is clear on that matter and he will be expelled," added Robinson.

It is a similar story in the JLP as its constitution states that "any member of the party who accepts nomination as a candidate for central or local government elections, representing any other party or as an independent candidate ... shall be liable to summary expulsion from the party".

Three on independent ticket

Franklin noted that JLP members Nakia Andre Nesbeth, Paul Wray Patmore and Wibert Wellesley Whittingham have been nominated as independent candidates.

Nesbeth, who became a member of the JLP three weeks ago, was nominated as an independent candidate in the Linstead division in St Catherine North West.

Patmore, who joined the JLP some three months ago, was nominated as an independent candidate in Trelawny South for the Lorrimers division while Whittingham - who has been a member of the JLP for almost five years - was nominated in the Salt Spring division in St James Central.

"The party's secretariat has handed over all three members' files to the disciplinary committee to speedily commence expulsion proceedings, set to be concluded by Monday, March 12," said Franklin.