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JTA wrong to boot Dixon - Reid

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2013 | 12:00 AM

A former president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is taking issue with the organisation's decision to remove Doran Dixon from the ballot for its upcoming presidential election.

Former JTA President and Jamaica College principal Ruel Reid said the move to scratch Dixon from the ballot was unconstitutional.

Reid said the JTA's Credentials Committee does not have the authority to remove a duly elected nominee from the race.

"Where it is now, he should be allowed to contest the election because ultimately, it should be a democratic decision," Reid noted.

He said the teachers were aware of what was going on and should be given the chance to vote for all the candidates who have been nominated.

He argued that the more than 24,000 teachers might very well want to elect Dixon, and they should not be denied this opportunity.

Meanwhile, Reid is calling for an end to the impasse. He said the situation should not have escalated to this stage and it must be resolved speedily as it will negatively impact the education sector if it is allowed to continue.

Reid, who served as JTA president for the 2005-2006 term, was responding to the JTA's decision to boot Dixon, also a former JTA president, from the 2013-2014 president-elect race.

'Mongrel dog' comment

Dixon has come under heavy criticism for comparing Education Minister Ronald Thwaites and the JTA to a 'mongrel dog' challenging a 'lion-hearted cat'.

He has dismissed calls to publicly apologise to the education minister, noting that his remarks were merely metaphoric.

Dixon has vowed to challenge the JTA's decision on all fronts. He said he was willing to challenge the JTA in court if it insists on preventing him from running for president-elect.