Dr. Nigel Clarke and Keisha Hayle were today nominated to represent the JLP and PNP respectively in the March 5, North West St. Andrew by-election.
Both candidates were nominated today at the Pembroke Hall Community Center in the constituency. The by-election was announced last Sunday, several weeks after veteran former MP, Derrick Smith, resigned.
After completing the nomination process just after 1:00 this afternoon – Dr. Clarke told our news centre that he’s humbled by the show of support.
Clarke walked to the nomination center today in the company of a crowd of JLP supporters. He was accompanied by Party Leader, Andrew Holness, Chairman, Robert Montague and several Cabinet Ministers, including Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Edmund Bartlett, Karl Samuda and Daryl Vaz.
Mr. Montague says he has no doubt that Dr. Clarke will win on March 5.
Mr. Montague says Dr. Clarke has in mind a number of issues to be addressed in the constituency.
In the 2016 General Election, Derrick Smith won 60-percent of the votes cast in North West St. Andrew.
Dr. Wheatley says he’s hopeful that Clarke will be able to increase that majority.
The PNP President Dr. Peter Phillips says the party’s candidate, Keisha Hayle, is facing an uphill task to win the North West St. Andrew by-election. But Dr. Phillips says he’s confident in Miss Hayle’s chances because there are great possibilities.
Dr. Phillips spoke to the media shortly after Miss Hayle was nominated at approximately 11:15 this morning.
Dr. Phillips says he’s comfortable with how things went on nomination day.
Miss Hayle also spoke to the media.
Miss Hayle was accompanied to the nomination center by the PNP President, party General Secretary, Julian Robinson, Party Chairman, Fitz Jackson and Vice Presidents, Wykeham McNeil and Fenton Ferguson.
A crowd of cheering PNP supporters were also on hand.
Shortly before the nomination process was completed – Police personnel were forced to intervene when the crowd of comrades became angry because of the presence of two green-clad JLP supporters outside the nomination centre.
The PNP supporters demanded that the two JLP supporters leave the area.
Police personnel escorted the two JLP supporters from the area while the comrades shouted insults.
One woman, who was clad in orange, complained that media John Crows were listening to the clash.
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