By-elec­tions were peace­ful, says CAFFE

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer paul.clarke@glean­erjm.com

A VIR­TU­ALLY trou­ble-free by-elec­tion process was how Dr Lloyd Bar­nett, chair­man of the elec­tion watch­dog group Cit­i­zens Ac­tion For Free and Fair Elec­tions (CAFFE), de­scribed the process to elect new mem­bers of par­lia­ment in three con­stituen­cies yes­ter­day.

He said, how­ever, that ob­ser­va­tion sug­gests an ex­tremely low voter turnout in St An­drew South West, where the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party’s (PNP) rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­gela Brown Burke con­tested the poll against the Ja­maica Labour Party’s (JLP) Vic­tor Hyde.

The St An­drew South West con­stituency has been rep­re­sented by the PNP for sev­eral decades, with former Prime Min­is­ter Por­tia Simp­son Miller con­trol­ling the MP’s chair for nearly 40 years be­fore step­ping down.

Bar­nett said that a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion ex­isted in the St An­drew South con­stituency, where Mark Golding of the PNP was chal­lenged for the seat by the JLP’s Dane Den­nis to re­place re­tired MP Omar Davies.

“It was a peace­ful day; the process was good for a by-elec­tion. Our ob­servers in all three con­stituen­cies have re­ported no no­tice­able is­sues, ex­cept that the turnout was pretty low, bar­ring the St Mary South East con­test. It was re­ally a quiet day and gen­er­ally a smooth process, with noth­ing ma­jor to re­port,” said Bar­nett.

The PNP’s Dr Shane Alexis went up against the JLP’s Dr Nor­man Dunn in St Mary South East.

BAR­NETT

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