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Blythe withdraws case against PNP

Featured Blythe withdraws case against PNP
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 11, 2014-  Former People's National Party Vice President and MP for Central Westmoreland, Dr. Karl Blythe, has withdrawn his claim against Party Chairman Robert Pickersgill and General Secretary Paul Burke challenging the selection of attorney Michael Erskine as candidate for Central Westmoreland in the upcoming by-election.

  
The matter was set for hearing on Friday morning. However, it was withdrawn following a notification sent to Dr. Blythe by the first defendant, Paul Burke, who advised that a selection conference is to be held at the Mannings School auditorium in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland on October 19.

Blythe was seeking a declaration by the court that the procedure used to select Michael Erskine as candidate for Westmoreland Central is fundamentally flawed, illegal and in breach of  the PNP's Constitution.

The application also wants the Party restrained from selecting Mr. Erskine or any other aspirant unless the individual is selected by all registered and financial members in the constituency. 

Last Monday, the PNP announced that its Executive Committee had unanimously ratified attorney Michael Erskine as the caretaker for Central Westmoreland, to replace former Member of Parliament Roger Clarke who died on August 28.

Lead Counsel Leonard Green described Friday's development as a major victory for his client.