Councilor for the Payne Land Division in South West St. Andrew, the PNP’s Audrey Facey Smith, says she’ll not back out of the race to replace Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for the area.

It’s understood that PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke is interested in the seat. But Mrs. Brown Burke has reportedly indicated that she’s not willing to enter a contest.

It’s understood that the PNP Region Three top brass is pushing for Mrs. Brown Burke to be the PNP’s candidate when a by-election is called. But speaking with our news center this afternoon, Councillor Facey Smith said she’s not been asked to withdraw and has no intention to.

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Calls placed this afternoon to Mrs. Brown Burke were not answered.

PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson, today declined to comment on the issue.

However, sources in the PNP Secretariat say the party is willing to have selection exercise if efforts to have a candidate otherwise selected fail.

In the meantime, it’s understood that a poll recently commissioned by the PNP in the constituency showed Damion Crawford as the preferred choice in the constituency.

Mr. Crawford has also reportedly told the PNP that he’s not willing to enter a contest for the seat.

Mrs. Facey-Smith emerged as the second most popular choice in the poll. Mrs. Brown Burke was last.

Councilor for the Greenwich Town Division in the constituency, Karl Blake, was also reportedly included in the poll.