Candidates await possible censure

Written by Ross Sheil

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will tomorrow makes its recommendations concerning the constituencies of West St. Thomas and South East St. Elizabeth, where violence could see elections being postponed from the national date of August 27.

“We are not anywhere near postponing at this time,” said Director of Elections Danville Walker today having earlier met with Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair and the candidates from those constituencies.

His recommendations will be submitted to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, which has the legal powers to request that the Governor General delay election dates. Mr. Walker had last week reminded the candidates that such action could be taken.

Mr. Walker said the Commission decision would make their decision by tomorrow.

A postponement would allow the redeployment of sufficient security forces to ensure peaceful elections in the constituencies.

The candidates are the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Rosemarie Shaw and the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) James Robertson in West St. Thomas and the PNP’s Norman Horne and the JLP’s Franklyn Witter in South East St. Elizabeth.

Mr. Walker said he told the candidates that a reduction in political tension was necessary and that he was satisfied with their response.

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