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Dwayne Vaz triumphs in PNP Central Westmoreland candidate selection

Published:Sunday | October 19, 2014 | 10:22 PM

People's National Party (PNP) delegates in Central Westmoreland have voted to have businessman, Dwayne Vaz, represent the party in the upcoming by-election in the constituency.



A by-election became necessary after the death of member of parliament, former Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke in late August.



Vaz received 329 of the 575 votes that were cast at the Manning's School today, while Michael Erskine, who had initially been named as the caretaker of the constituency earlier this month, received 245 votes.



The PNP had announced on October 6 that its executive committee had unanimously ratified Erskine, who is an attorney, as its caretaker for Central Westmoreland.



However, the party was forced to conduct a poll after former vice president, Dr Karl Blythe, filed an injunction in the Supreme Court seeking a stay of the announcement for a candidate to replace the late Clarke.



Blythe withdrew the application a few days later after the party's secretariat wrote to him advising that a selection process would be held at the Mannings School on October 19.



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