Former justice minister Mark Golding, Dr Angela Brown Burke, and Dr Shane Alexis have been nominated to contest the St Andrew Southern, St Andrew South Western, and St Mary South Eastern, constituencies in the October 30 by-election.
The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has nominated Dane Dennis, Victor Hyde and and Dr Norman Dunn to contest the seats that became vacant after former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller, her former cabinet colleague Dr. Omar Davies retired from active politics giving up their South Western St Andrew and Southern St Andrew seats respectively.
The South Eastern St Mary seat became vacant when the parliamentary representative, Dr Winston Green, died suddenly on August 14.
There was a carnival atmosphere at the various polling stations as the candidates deposited their J$3,000 (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) nomination fee with party leaders, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips participating in the occasion.
In the February 25 general election last year, the JLP won 32 of the 63 seats in the Parliament.
The PNP’s Alexis said he was confident of victory in the St. Mary South Eastern seat, and was also prepared to debate Dunn anywhere and anytime in the constituency.
“After travelling across the different communities of the constituency that borders Portland, St Andrew and St Catherine, I have heard the cries of the people and my solutions to their problems are contained in a 12-point plan that I have published. It is now for the people to elect me to be their representative in the Parliament so that I can implement,” he said in a statement.
“The essence of a democracy is constant interaction with the people. A debate is one such form of interaction and I am prepared to debate the issues, even if they were to be organised by the opponent,” he added.
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