The Principal of Four Paths Primary in Clarendon, Norman Allen, was today officially proclaimed President-Elect of the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA.
But JTA President Doran Dixon, was forced to defend the constitutionality of the special General Council meeting at which the proclamation was made.
Controversy seems to follow nearly all the processes that will lead to Mr. Allen eventually becoming JTA President.
And, it was no different today.
A Trustee of the Association raised questions about the constitutionality of the special meeting called by Mr. Dixon.
The Trustee, Woody Miller, questioned the urgency of today’s meeting, noting that there’s a scheduled meeting of the General Council next month.
He said there was very little time between the calling of the meeting and today’s proclamation exercise.
According to him, there was only a 48-hour notice.
He also argued that the JTA’s Articles of Association dictate there can only be a proclamation of a President-Elect at the Annual Conference of the JTA.
Mr. Dixon responded, saying Mr. Miller’s concerns were noted.
But he instructed that the proclamation should continue.
Mr. Miller objected, saying it couldn’t continue without his concerns being addressed.
Mr. Dixon then cited reasons that supported the constitutionality of the special meeting.
He says that as President, he has the power under the JTA constitution, to call such a meeting.
The proclamation exercised continued, with Mr. Allen being declared JTA President-Elect for Conference year 2014/2015.
The Court of Appeal this week lifted an injunction, barring Mr. Allen from being designated as the President-in-waiting.
He was announced the winner of the union’s internal election, after an independent recount by the Electoral Office of Jamaica.
The initial count had shown that Georgia Waugh Richards had won the election by 83 votes.