Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator
Tempers flared at a meeting of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Region Six at the Knockalva Technical High School in Hanover today.
It is understood that supporters of Lucea Mayor, Councillor Lloyd Hill, have again protested plans to replace him as the candidate for the Sandy Bay division in the parish.
The brouhaha caused regional chairman, Dr D.K. Duncan, to make an early departure and the police were called in to quell the tension.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News understands that no decision has been made about who will replace Mayor Hill, as the selection process has been extended to Wednesday.
Four other prospective candidates have reportedly applied to the party to represent the division.
The meeting is being held to discuss the party's preparedness in the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland and St James.
The PNP is holding a series of regional executive meetings across the island as the party puts its machinery in gear for the local government election.
Prime Minister and PNP president Portia Simpson Miller announced a March 26 date for the polls last week.
Deputy General Secretary, Julian Robinson says the meetings will primarily focus on the partyís preparations for the elections, including ironing out a work programme to guide candidates over the next four weeks into the election.
He says the party has finalised 98 per cent of its candidates contesting in the 228 divisions and the rest will be in place in the next few days.