Today’s nomination day activities in South East Clarendon were almost marred by protesting Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, supporters.
The placard-bearing, green clad supporters were expressing their disapproval to news that government Senator, Robert Morgan, may become the JLP’s standard-bearer in North Central Clarendon.
The JLP’s Pearnel Charles Junior and former People’s National Party, PNP, candidate turned independent, Derrick Lambert, were duly nominated at Vere Technical High school in the parish, today.
Stevian Simmonds was in South East Clarendon. She filed this report.
The nomination centre opened promptly at 10 this morning.
Mr Lambert arrived 25 minutes later.
No one was accompanying him.
He was later sent to secure someone to witness his signature before he was allowed to complete the process.
Some PNP supporters like this man, said they will rally behind Mr Lambert until the general elections are held.
Patricia Duncan Sutherland is the PNP standard bearer for the constituency, but the party says it will not contest the March 2 by- election.
Shortly before 1PM, the JLP’s Pearnel Charles Junior arrived flanked by an entourage of party big wigs, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, JLP General Secretary and National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang.
A number of JLP supporters from the neighboring constituency of North Central Clarendon, where Pearnel Charles Senior is MP, came to express their frustration.
The protesting JLP supporters brought placards to the nomination centre. One read “No Robert Morgan in North Central Clarendon”.
But, other JLP supporters chided the protesters for using today’s exercise to express their displeasure.