The by-election was occasioned by the resignation of Rudyard Spencer as Member of Parliament for that constituency.
In a statement today, the Opposition PNP said it noted the nomination of former party member Derrick Lambert pointing out that that “Mr. Lambert, who ran on a PNP ticket in that constituency in 2011, is not a representative of the Party and the decision not to participate in the by election remains.”
The PNP is maintaining that it would not be contesting this By election exercise so close to general elections to facilitate an internal political settlement to benefit the JLP and not the people of the constituency nor the people of Jamaica who must now pay the bill. The party will instead intensify its preparation for general elections.
PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson M.P. said the Party’s decision is firm on the grounds that the by election is occasioned by political exigencies within the Jamaica Labour Party and that the people of Jamaica should not be called upon to foot the bill amounting to near $30 million to pay for a contrived poll, when general elections, expecting to cost over one billion dollars, are due within months.
“The PNP is not contesting this by election exercise and has not nominated any candidate. The party will continue to intensify its preparation for general elections.” Mr. Robinson said.
The Party respects the right of the people of South East Clarendon to have Parliamentary representation, but has no intention of following the JLP into this unnecessary and wasteful political exercise which will be a carnival of spending state resources, as were the cases in the two previous by elections, Mr. Robinson reiterated.
Yesterday, Top ranking members of the People’s National Party (PNP) in South East Clarendon passed a resolution supporting the PNP’s decision not to field a candidate in the by election set for March 2, 2020.
The leadership of the Constituency, inclusive of the Executive Committee members and the cluster managers unanimously supported the decision of the Party not to contest the poll and also made it clear that they would not support any independent candidate in the said election.
The group also voted to fully support the Party's candidate Patricia Duncan-Sutherland for the upcoming general elections due months away.
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