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Doran Dixon barred from entering JTA presidential race

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2013 | 11:55 AM

Former president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association Doran Dixon has been disqualified from entering the race for president of the teachers' union for the upcoming 2013-2014 period.

The decision was taken by the presidents of the JTA upon advice from its credentials committee, which has oversight for the elections.

In a release late this morning, the JTA said its credential committee had deliberated on the "unfortunate and unprofessional statements" made by Dixon at a community meeting on May 24 and further comments made on Friday.

At a JTA public consultation, Dixon compared the JTA's dispute with the Ministry of Education to a fight between "a mongrel dog" and "a lion-hearted cat".

Speaking with The Gleaner late last week, he said he would not engage in any further discussion on the matter, despite pressure from the JTA and the Mico University College, where he is employed, for him to apologise for the comments.

The JTA says Dixon's candidacy has been withdrawn with immediate effect. However, he has not yet been officially notified of the JTA's decision.

Meanwhile, Mico's president Professor Claude Packer, has said that its board is likely to discuss the statements made by Dixon at its next meeting.

Dixon's removal from the JTA presidential race leaves contenders Anthony Williams and Ann Geddes Nelson. Dixon had served as president of the JTA from 2008- 2009.