Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator
The impasse involving the proposed replacement of Mayor Lloyd Hill as the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for the Sandy Bay division in Eastern Hanover has been referred to the party’s secretariat.
"We are sending the matter to the party’s executive, which meets tomorrow (Monday) night…it is a special matter," said Claudette Glegg, secretary for PNP’s Region Six executive.
A regional meeting at the Knockalva Technical High School in Hanover was marred by angry party supporters who loudly protested the removal of Mayor Hill.
The outburst and heckling resulted in Dr. D.K. Duncan, regional chairman and Member of Parliament for Eastern Hanover, adjourning the meeting and exiting the school compound with his wife, Beverley.
A police team also went to the school to quell the tension.
It is understood that a total of five persons, including a former Mayor of Lucea, have applied to replace Mayor Hill.
The selection process, which should have been finalized last Friday, has been extended to Wednesday.
The PNP Region Six meeting, which was to discuss the party's preparations in the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland and St James for the March 26 local government election, was subsequently reconvened by Glendon Harris - vice chairman and councillor for the Maroon Town division in South 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 polls.
Deputy General Secretary, Julian Robinson says the party has finalised 98 percent of its candidates contesting in the 228 divisions and the rest will be in place in the next few days.