Bound­aries re­stored for poll in Port­more

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS OF Lakes Pen, Quar­rie Hill, Grange Lane, Clifton and ad­join­ing ar­eas will not be able to vote for a mayor for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Port­more in next week’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, as a re­sult of a rul­ing from the Supreme Court.

Jus­tice Martin Gayle yes­ter­day ruled that for­mer Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Noel Arscott un­law­fully sought to ex­tend the bound­aries of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity last year.

The rul­ing also means that the new bound­aries gazetted can­not be used for the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions on Mon­day.

Len­nox Hines, Ja­maica Labour Party can­di­date care­taker for the South­bor­ough di­vi­sion, had chal­lenged Arscott’s de­ci­sion to have sec­tions of Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine, in­cluded in Port­more.

His at­tor­ney, Shane Dalling, said the judge ruled that the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act does not grant the min­is­ter any power to vary a boundary.

“The court stated that the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act (Sec­tion 3) does not have in it any power granted to the min­is­ter to ex­tend or vary the bound­aries of a mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Sec­tion 3 gives the min­is­ter the power to es­tab­lish the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, but it doesn’t give him any power to ex­tend.”

Hines got leave last Oc­to­ber to go to the Court of Ap­peal with the mat­ter and the ap­peal court ruled that it should go back to the Supreme Court for trial, which ended with yes­ter­day’s rul­ing.

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