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Nomination Day - Candidates
to sign up for June 19 polls
Simpson, Staff Reporter
500 people representing the ruling People's National Party,
the Op-position Jamaica Labour Party, the National Demo-cratic
Movement and fringe parties are today expected to be nominated
as candidates in the Local Govern-ment elections which are
scheduled for June 19.
two major parties plan to field a full slate of candidates
in all 227 divisions that make up the 12 Parish Councils and
the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation.
for the first time, there will be nominations for candidates
for mayor of the newly-created municipality of Portmore in
south and south west St. Catherine.
told The Gleaner that the NDM is likely to field 30 candidates.
It will not be known until this afternoon whether any independents
will contest the elections which have been postponed three
times since 2001.
Graham, information officer at the Electoral Office of Jamaica
(EOJ), told The Gleaner last night that his office was fully
prepared for the occasion, the 13th such elections in the
country's history. He said nothing was being left to chance.
returning officers will be carefully vetting for eligibility.
So if a candidate is not on the November 2002 voters' list
for the parish in which he's choosing to run, then he cannot
run," Mr. Graham said.
the people of Portmore being able to elect their own mayor
in the upcoming election, hopefuls representing the 10 divisions
that will make up the municipality are to be nominated today.
"All the mayoral candidates have to present their nomination
papers at the Ascot High School in St. Catherine Southern,"
Mr. Graham said.
exact number of candidates making themselves available for
the Local Government polls will not be known until the end
of the nomination process, when the papers are handed in to
the EOJ, Mr. Graham explained. He said nomination centres
which are strategically placed in all 60 constituencies will
be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
candidate will be nominated only after handing in his or her
nomination papers with a $3,000 deposit and the signatures
of six electors on the voters' list. The electors must reside
in the particular division.
Peter Phillips, Minister of National Security, said in Montego
Bay yesterday that the security forces were fully equipped
and ready to handle any incidence of violence that may be
associated with the elections on June 19.
told The Gleaner that the security forces would work along
a plan similar to that used in last October's General Election,
in that they have already identified potential trouble spots
and security personnel will be deployed accordingly.
was a meeting with all the officers in the (Police) High Command
earlier this week and they are ready for the local elections,"
Dr. Phillips told The Gleaner's Western Bureau.