An attempt by the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party to have the Supreme Court stop the Electoral Office of Jamaica from collecting anymore signatures in an attempt to change the boundaries of constituencies in the Portmore municipality has been set back.
Shane Dalling is representing the JLP in the matter.
One of the interested parties — the JLP caretaker for East Central St Catherine Alando Terrelonge — explains what happened in court this morning.
The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party filed an injunction in the Supreme Court today to block the Electoral Office of Jamaica from collecting anymore signatures in an attempt to change the boundaries of constituencies in the Portmore municipality.
The lawyer for the JLP, Shane Dalling, says they’ve also asked the court for a declaration on the procedure to amend the boundaries of the municipality.
Shane Dalling, Attorney-at-Law representing the JLP.
Councillor for the Independence City Division in Portmore, the JLP’s Keith Blake, says the attempt to change the boundaries of constituencies will only ensure victory for the PNP in mayoral elections.
Mr. Blake is also contending that the 7-percent being sought, only applies to the creation of the Municipality and not its expansion.
Keith Blake, Councillor for the Independence City Division in Portmore.
Director of Elections, Orette Fisher, is admitting that some of the communities being petitioned were not originally a part of the municipality.
Orette Fisher, Director of Elections.
The EOJ has since distanced itself from the recommended boundary changes because that does not fall under its jurisdiction.