Eugene Kelly Pleads with Facey-Smith to Withdraw Bid to Replace Simpson-Miller


There’s an appeal for the Councillor for the Payne Land Division in South West St. Andrew, Audrey Smith Facey, to withdraw her bid to replace Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for the constituency.

The seat became vacant after Mrs. Simpson Miller, who is also former president of the Opposition People’s National Party, stepped down last month.

Mrs. Simpson Miller has endorsed the bid of Senator and former Mayor of Kingston, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, to replace her.

However, Mrs. Smith Facey intends to challenge Mrs. Brown Burke.

Yesterday she told Nationwide News that she’ll not back out of the race, saying no single person will decide who’ll be the standard bearer for the PNP safe seat.

However, Councillor for the Whitfield Town Division in the constituency, Eugene Kelly, believes Mrs. Smith Facey should avoid challenging Mrs. Brown Burke.

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He says Councillor Karl Blake, of the Greenwich Town Division, will also withdraw his bid for the seat.

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Mr. Kelly admitted he also wanted to be MP for the constituency. But he says Mrs. Brown Burke will be able to generate the necessary resources for the constituents.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.