The Jamaica Labour Party candidate for South St. Andrew, Dane Dennis, is vowing to put up a strong fight for the constituency.
Dennis was nominated about midday today at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Cross Roads.
His opponent and expected victor in what’s considered a PNP safe seat, Senator Mark Golding, was nominated earlier this morning.
Approximately 23,000 voters are registered in South St. Andrew.
The PNP won the seat in last year’s general elections with 88-percent of the just under 11,000 votes cast. But Mr. Dennis says he’s no lamb to the slaughter.
“I’m not a sacrificial lamb!” That’s the bold statement by the JLP’s Dane Dennis, heading into the by-election for South St. Andrew.
The constituency was previously represented by the PNP’s Dr. Omar Davies since 1994.
That’s more than two decades of unbroken PNP representation.
Mr. Dennis who showed up at the St. Luke’s Church in Cross Roads in a motorcade with approximately one hundred supporters says the PNP has failed in its stewardship.
He was escorted by Member of Parliament for East St. Andrew, Fayval Williams and West Kingston MP, Desmond McKenzie.
Mr. Dennis argues that Mark Golding is nothing but a “poster boy” and isn’t fully aware of the issues.
But PNP President Dr. Peter Phillips– who escorted Senator Golding to be nominated along with just under a hundred supporters around 10 AM– says the party will win. He says what matters is the margin of victory.
Mr. Golding himself also says he’s aware of what ails the constituency and doesn’t expect to lose.