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JAMAICA | PNP's Keisha Hayle to face JLP’s Nigel Clarke in March 5 NW St Andrew By-election

Featured Padmore Primary Principal Keisha Hayle to be the PNP's standard bearer in  the St. Andrew NW constituency recently vacated by the JLP's Derrick Smith. Padmore Primary Principal Keisha Hayle to be the PNP's standard bearer in the St. Andrew NW constituency recently vacated by the JLP's Derrick Smith.
KINGSTON, Jamaica February 4, 2018 -  The People's National Party's Keisha Hayle will face the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr. Nigel Clarke in the St Andrew North Western constituency By–election which has been announced for March 5, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Derrick Smith.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness who made the announcement on Sunday said Nomination Day will be on February 12.

Smith resigned last month after nearly 30 years as Member of  Parliament.  

Both political parties - the governing Jamaica Labour Party and the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) have already selected their candidates for the upcoming poll.

Nigel Clarke
Nigel Clarke is to be the JLP standard-bearer for the NW St. Andrew constituency in the March 5 By-election.

Hayle, who is the principal of Padmore Primary in West Rural St Andrew, has been an accomplished teacher creating “miracles” at the school, which, prior to her arrival there, was on the list of failing institutions.

The  PNP candidate is the holder of separate degrees in psychology and politics from the University of the West Indies and has been a career teacher of 17 years and served at the Red Hills Primary School before going to Padmore.

Politically,  she has been active in the PNP organisation in West Rural St Andrew serving as Constituency Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Red Hills Division.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on Wednesday announced that new party comer Nigel Clarke is to be their standard-bearer for the constituency, instead of Duane Smith, son of Derrick Smith who he wanted to take over from him as Member of Parliament.

The party however formally informed the younger Smith that he will not be the governing party's candidate for the se at — a decision that will likely draw the ire of his father, Derrick, who has made it clear that he will not sanction any attempt to parachute a candidate into the constituency.

Last modified onMonday, 05 February 2018 07:16
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