Former PNP candidate turned Independent for the South East Clarendon by-election, Derrick Lambert is dismissing claims by the JLP that he has the full backing of the PNP.

The PNP says it’s not contesting the by-election because it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money to hold one this year when a general election is constitutionally due by no later than next February.  

The JLP candidate for the constituency, Pearnel Charles Junior suggested the PNP is supporting Mr Lambert.

Pearnel Charles Junior, addressing a JLP Area Council Three meeting on Sunday.

But, Mr. Lambert says that’s not so.

He says there was indeed a motorcade in the constituency recently, which appeared to be PNP related.

But, Mr. Lambert says the message was not in support of his candidacy.

He says he will not be distracted by the ‘politicking’.

Derrick Lambert, Independent Candidate for the South East Clarendon by-election, set for March 2.

Mr. Lambert lost by just over 100 votes to the JLP’s Rudyard Spencer in the 2011 general elections.

He contested that election as a candidate for the PNP.

Meanwhile, PNP Caretaker for South East Clarendon, Patricia Duncan Sutherland, is welcoming the government’s commitment to start divesting lands for former workers of the Moneymusk sugar company.

JLP candidate for the March 2 by-election in the constituency, Pearnel Charles Junior, made the announcement while addressing his party’s Area Council Three meeting at Vere Technical High School on Sunday.

Mrs. Duncan Sutherland says Mr. Charles Junior and his father Pearnel Charles Senior, who’s MP for North Central Clarendon, met with a number of workers yesterday.

And, Mrs. Duncan Sutherland is maintaining that her party is standing on principle by not contesting the March 2 by-election.

She says the decision has nothing to do with being able to win the seat.

Patricia Duncan Sutherland, PNP Caretaker for South East Clarendon, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Kemesha Swaby.