PNP Councillor Accuses JLP of Vote Buying Ahead of NW St Andrew By-Election


A People’s National Party, PNP, Councillor is alleging the governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, is unduly approving road works in a bid to secure an advantage in the pending by-election in North West St. Andrew.

The claims are being made by Minority Leader for the PNP at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Andrew Swaby.

The by-election is set for March 5 when the JLP’s Dr. Nigel Clarke and the PNP’s Keisha Hayle are to challenge for the seat left vacant by the JLP’s Derrick Smith.

Mr. Swaby is raising concerns about the timing of Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie’s approval of over $21-million to carry out road works in the three divisions in the constituency.

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Mr. Swaby, who’s the Councillor for the Vineyard Town Division, is calling on the Political Ombudsman and the Office of the Contractor General to urgently launch a probe into the allegations.

In a statement to the media yesterday, Mr. Swaby alleged that last month, another $91-million was allocated for road work in the same constituency.

Still, Mr. Swaby says the Corporation is yet to receive funds for funeral grants and the indigent programme.

The councillor also says there are several other roads throughout the municipality that are in urgent need of repair. He says his colleague councillors have been lobbying for some time now to have these roads fixed to no avail.


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.

One thought on “PNP Councillor Accuses JLP of Vote Buying Ahead of NW St Andrew By-Election

  1. dorlanhfrancis

    Boring! All the spending that the government is doing this year and for the next three years is with the intention to buy the 2021 general election.

    This claim of election buying is stale and boring!

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