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JTA proposes changes to election guidelines

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2013 | 12:42 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has proposed changes to strengthen the guidelines for its presidential elections.



In a statement this morning, the JTA said the proposals are to be put to delegates for consideration and approval at the association’s annual conference in August.



The annual conference is the JTA’s highest decision making body.



The move follows the controversy which developed after presidential candidate Doran Dixon’s infamous mongrel dog comment in reference to the battle with the education minister over a benefits battle with teachers.



Dixon who is a lecturer at The Mico University College refused to apologise for the comment.



Following Dixon’s refusal, the JTA withdrew his candidacy, but was forced to reinstate the aspirant after he threatened legal action.



In the meantime, the JTA says at a special meeting of its Central Executive in St Ann on July 2, it will be counting the ballots for the recently-concluded presidential elections and announcing the preliminary results.



The other presidential contenders are: Anne Geddes-Nelson, Francis Malcolm, Stevie Williams and Winnie Anderson Brown.



The JTA says polling ran from June 17 – 21.



The winning candidate will be recognized as the JTA’s President Elect for 2013– 2014 and will assume the presidency for the period September 2014 to August 2015.



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