Nationwide News understands that the governing JLP has selected Economic Affairs Ambassador, Dr. Nigel Clarke, as its candidate to contest the upcoming North West St. Andrew by-election.

On Tuesday, the JLP’s powerful standing committee accepted a recommendation from its selection committee that Dr. Clarke be the party’s standard-bearer for the constituency.

Duane Smith, who’s the Councillor for the Chancery Hall Division and the son of former MP for the constituency, Derrick Smith, had been the other contender.

But its understood that JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang yesterday formally advised Councillor Smith that the party has selected Dr. Clarke.

Dr. Chang told Councillor Smith that Dr. Clarke is now effectively the caretaker for the constituency. The decision is unlikely to go down well with Councillor Smith and his team.

Derrick Smith recently told Nationwide News that his son is prepared to contemplate seeking the intervention of the Court if the delegates of the constituency are not allowed to vote on who should be the party’s candidate in the by-election.

— 30 —