Contention in the JLP Over East Central St. Catherine Candidate for 2016 General Election

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A contentious selection process has resulted in two persons being given the go-ahead to take part in a run off to decide who will represent the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP in East Central St. Catherine in the next General Election.

JLP Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, says attorney, Alando Terrelonge and Councilor for the Independent City Division, Keith Blake, will contest the run-off.

It’s understood that former JLP candidate for North-West St. Catherine, Dr. Sandra Nesbeth had applied to represent the party in East Central St. Catherine.

According to Dr. Wheatley, Dr. Nesbeth’s application was rejected.

Efforts this afternoon to contact Dr. Nesbeth were unsuccessful.

Dr. Wheatley also denied that he had strongly opposed Dr. Nesbeth’s interest in the seat during a stormy meeting at party headquarters at Belmont Road on Monday.

The JLP Deputy General Secretary also declined to comment on reports that he was involved in an altercation on Monday with an influential member of the constituency known as ‘Shabba’ who’s in support of Dr. Nesbeth.

Threats were reportedly issued during the altercation.

It’s understood that former South Central St. Catherine MP, Sharon Hay Webster decided against applying to represent the JLP in East Central St. Catherine.

This, despite calls for her candidacy from sections of the constituency including the influential Gregory Park division.

Hay Webster reportedly withdrew, as persons, including Dr. Wheatley, are said to have insisted that Terrelongue should be given a clear path.