By-Elections Set for October 30

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The by-elections for South East St. Mary, along with South and South West St. Andrew, are to be held on Monday, October 30.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement while addressing thousands of JLP supporters in Annotto Bay, St. Mary last evening.

Nomination day for all three constituencies is set for October 9.

Prime Minister Holness made the announcement to thousands of cheering supporters last night.

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Prime Minister Holness told jubilant laborites that the JLP will conduct itself with decency and regard for probity during the by-elections.

He expressed confidence that Dr. Dunn will win on October 30.

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He describes the JLP’s candidate as a son of the soil who’s remained committed to the people. He says it’s unfortunate that Dr. Dunn didn’t win South East St. Mary in the February 2016 General Election.

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The South East St. Mary seat became vacant following the death a few weeks ago of the PNP’s Dr. Winston Green.

Dr. Green had defeated Dr. Dunn by five votes after a magisterial recount.

On October 30, Dr. Dunn’s will opponent will be the PNP’s, Dr. Shane Alexis.

Meanwhile, in the PNP stronghold of South St. Andrew, Senator Mark Golding is expected to replace the retired former Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Omar Davies.

While in South West St. Andrew, the PNP’s Dr. Angela Brown Burke is expected to replace Portia Simpson Miller, who also recently retired as MP for the constituency.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.