Boycott could affect KSAC swearing in today
Debbie-Ann Wright and Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writers
Mayor of Kingston, Angela Brown Burke, has warned that work programmes in some areas of the Corporate Area could be affected, if all the councillors of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation are not sworn in today.
In a letter to the minority leader of the KSAC, Toscha Schwapp, Brown Burke made it clear that anyone who is not sworn in today will have to wait until the council’s next meeting in May.
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillors have threatened to boycott the swearing in ceremony amid claims of partisan politics and cronyism being practised in the planning of the event.
The councillors said they had not been made aware that the venue had been changed from the council’s chambers to the Jamaica Conference Centre.
The JLP councillors also said People’s National Party councillors had been informed they could each bring 10 guests while they had not.
It remains unclear this morning whether the JLP councillors will proceed with the boycott.
However, Brown Burke said if all councillors are not sworn in today, it could have implications for the administration of any work program for the Month of April.
She said it would also mean that the committees meeting in April would do so without the benefit of the contribution of 14 KSAC members.
In the meantime, in the letter to the KSAC minority leader, Brown Burke also expressed surprise at the concerns raised by the JLP councillors.
She said the decision to move the ceremony had been communicated early to some JLP councillors and later explained on Thursday morning via speaker phone to a meeting of JLP councillors.
She also said she had informed the JLP councillors they would each be allowed 10 guests and she says the council had been sending invitations to all councillors from as early as last Tuesday.
Mayor Brown Burke also said she was surprised a statement had been issued to the media by the JLP councillors, as she had spoken to s Schwapp on Thursday and the JLP councillor had not mentioned the concerns.
Meanwhile, the magisterial recount of votes cast in the Mavis Bank Division of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation is set to get underway today.
The hearing is to be held in the Civil Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
The matter was taken to court by the People's National Party candidate Esther Warner-Dixon, who lost the seat by six votes to the Jamaica Labour Party candidate Alvin Francis.
Francis polled 1,132 votes while Warner -Dixon polled 1,126.