Power 106 FM election news, Wednesday July 25

Written by JamaicaElections.com

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PNP President Portia Simpson Miller appeals for calm
St. Mary police are yet to arrest anyone in connection with a house which was set on fire in Farquharson Lane, Port Maria last night.

The house was set on fire while its occupants were attending a People’s National Party (PNP) rally in Central St. Mary.

PNP President Portia Simpson Miller meanwhile appealed for her supporters in central St. Mary to remain calm. According to Mrs. Simpson Miller, the incident was aimed at intimidating her supporters - who she said should not be deterred.

Sitting Member of Parliament Dr. Morias Guy will be challenging the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Lennon Richardson for the seat in the August 27 election. In the 2002 election, Dr. Guy polled 7,562 votes to the 4,728 received by the JLP’s Sutcliffe Haughton-James.

Questioning of PNP councillor continues
Narcotics investigators are yet to charge the PNP councillor/caretaker from St. James who was arrested on Monday in connection with a ganja find in the parish last month.

A source from the Narcotics police told the Gleaner Power 106 FM News that investigators are trying to determine whether other shipments are linked to the drug find.

Investigators are seeking other persons who may be linked to the case. Already they have sought the help of detectives from the United Kingdom to locate a Jamaican man whom they believe is connected to the find.

The PNP councillor/caretaker was reportedly picked up at a construction site in Montego Bay following a joint operation between St. James Police and the Kingston Narcotics Division. His name is currently being withheld by investigators.

It is reported that on June 13, a police team found 59 and a half pounds of compressed ganja hidden among assorted lumber in a container which was destined for London.

Minister hails Safe School Programme as successful
Education Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson is hailing the placement of school resource officers (SROs), in schools as a success.

Mrs. Henry-Wilson says based on information received, the resource officers have provided effective communication between schools and members of the security forces.

In addition Mrs. Henry-Wilson says while the presence of school resource officers has not prevented violent activities, in cases where they suspect violence among students the school authorities are informed.

The placement of Resource Officers in schools is part of the Safe Schools Programme, which was implemented almost three years ago following concerns about increasing violence among students.

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