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JTA says decision to reinstate Dixon not an admission of guilt

Published:Friday | June 7, 2013 | 2:15 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says yesterday’s decision to reinstate former president Doran Dixon as a candidate for upcoming elections was not an admission that the organisation disregarded due process in withdrawing his candidacy.

Yesterday, the JTA retracted Sunday’s decision by its Presidents of the Association to withdraw Dixon from the ballot for the June 17-21 presidential elections due to his failure to apologise for his mongrel dog comments directed at the education ministry.

Dixon had argued that the decision was not legal and threatened to seek a court injunction blocking the move by the JTA.

However, JTA president, Clayton Hall says outside of the association's General Council, the Presidents are next in line in making such a decision.

The Presidents of the Association comprises Hall, immediate past president Paul Adams who has also been criticised for controversial comments directed at the education minister and president-elect for the 2013-2014 period, Dr Mark Nicely.

Hall says the aim of yesterday’s settlement was to ensure that what he calls a sideshow with Dixon did not detract from the dispute over proposed changes by the Education Ministry regarding leave entitlements.

The JTA has canceled a special meeting of its General Council that had been scheduled for tomorrow to consider the decision to bar Dixon from the elections. 


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