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Impasse over region six candidate selection referred to PNP secretariat

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2012 | 6:19 PM

An impasse, which developed during today’s People’s National Party’s (PNP) Region Six executive meeting at the Knockalva Technical High School in Hanover, has been referred to the party’s secretariat.

Secretary for Region Six, Claudette Glegg says the matter will be considered during a meeting tomorrow.

Tempers flared during today’s meeting as supporters of Lucea Mayor, Councillor Lloyd Hill, protested plans to replace him as the candidate for the Sandy Bay division in the parish.

The brouhaha resulted in regional chairman, Dr D.K. Duncan, making an early departure and the police called in to quell the dispute.

The Gleaner/ Power 106 News understands that five people, including a former Mayor of Lucea, have applied to replace Mayor Hill. However, a decision is yet to be made, as the selection process has been extended to Wednesday.

The PNP held meetings in all its six regions today to crank up the party’s machinery for the March 26 local government election.

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party and the PNP will contest 228 divisions in the upcoming polls.

Meanwhile, all 63 candidates in the PNP’s Region Four, comprising St Catherine and Clarendon, were today introduced to supporters at its meeting held at the St Jago High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Region Four chairman, Natalie Neita-Headley says she is pleased with the candidate selection. She says the candidates represent a group of young vibrant professionals who are ready to serve at the local government level.

The PNP says it expects to have all its candidates in place in the next few days.