NOM­I­NA­TION DAY AT­TACK r com u n Yo it y

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NOM­I­NA­TION DAY ac­tiv­i­ties in west Kingston were dis­rupted yes­ter­day with the shoot­ing of the son of im­pris­oned Tivoli Gar­dens strong­man Christo­pher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Coke’s sis­ter and a coun­cil­lor who was nom­i­nated also got in­jured in the mêlée, which fol­lowed the in­ci­dent.

Law-en­force­ment sources told The Gleaner that Michael Christo­pher Coke was among a group of Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) sup­port­ers in the vicin­ity of Tivoli Courts when he was shot in the head.

“He was with a group of JLP sup­port­ers who had con­gre­gated in front of Tivoli Courts when ex­plo­sions were heard,” one source re­vealed.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal, where he re­mained up to press time. Su­per­in­ten­dent Howard Cham­bers, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for the Kingston Western Po­lice Divi­sion, con­firmed the shoot­ing but was still await­ing a de­tailed briefing from his in­ves­ti­ga­tors up to late af­ter­noon.

He also con­firmed that po­lice per­son­nel who re­sponded to the in­ci­dent came un­der heavy gun­fire from crim­i­nals.

Cham­bers said ad­di­tional po­lice per­son­nel were de­ployed to the west Kingston area yes­ter­day and that steps were be­ing taken to en­sure calm “in light of the fact that the per­son who got shot is Dudus’ son”.

IN­JURIES

Mayor of Kingston Dr An­gela Brown Burke ex­pressed re­gret at the in­ci­dent, in­di­cat­ing that Coke, his aunt, and Dono­van Sa­muels, coun­cil­lor for the Tivoli Gar­dens Divi­sion, were in­jured. When The Gleaner vis­ited west Kingston af­ter the in­ci­dent, Sa­muels was seen wear­ing a sling on his right arm.

In a news re­lease yes­ter­day, Brown Burke ap­pealed to res­i­dents to act re­spon­si­bly and urged them to re­main calm and al­low the po­lice to take charge of the sit­u­a­tion.

The Elec­toral Of­fice of Ja­maica re­ported that nom­i­na­tion day ac­tiv­i­ties in other parts of the coun­try were in­ci­dent free.

The ac­tiv­i­ties yes­ter­day got un­der way at 10 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m.

Can­di­dates were nom­i­nated for the 228 elec­toral di­vi­sions, while nom­i­na­tion for the mayor of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Portmore also took place in prepa­ra­tion for the Novem­ber 28 mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil elec­tions.

Both the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) and the JLP re­ported that the full slate of can­di­dates were nom­i­nated.

At present, the PNP con­trols all 13 Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions, in ad­di­tion to the Portmore Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party’s Neville Wright (right), can­di­date for the Trench Town divi­sion, march­ing with sup­port­ers along Lyn­d­hurst Road in Kingston yes­ter­day.

PHO­TOS BY RICARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Alen­nox Hines, the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) coun­cil­lor-can­di­date for the South­bor­ough divi­sion in Portmore, af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated to con­test the Novem­ber 28 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion yes­ter­day.

BROWN BURKE

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