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supporters accuse JLP of using obeah
ANN: AS CAMPAIGNING for the June 19 Local Government election
begins to heat up in St. Ann, the People's National Party
(PNP) have already began to cry foul, accusing the Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) of involving obeah in the campaign.
the past two weeks it was being rumoured by PNP supporters,
especially in the St. Ann's Bay and Lime Hall divisions, that
certain JLP candidate were using obeah to improve their chances
it was councillor for the St. Ann's Bay division, Eva Murdock,
who went public with the matter while addressing a PNP workers
meeting at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St.
Ann's Bay on Saturday.
not naming anyone in particular, Mrs. Murdock said, "Comrades!,
I hear, I hear that the other side is going to obeah man,
but I just want to tell them that the candidate of the PNP
is covered in the blood and we are well covered."
said the PNP should not fear, but to go out and do what they
are told to do and the party will be able to bring home all
to the comments made by Mrs. Murdock, JLP caretaker for the
St. Ann's Bay division, Dalas Dickenson, emphatically denied
any knowledge of any JLP candidate or supporter involving
obeah in the election campaign in St. Ann. He described Mrs.
Murdock's comment as baseless and a desperate attempt to win
sympathy from the people.
Dickenson said anyone who should be using obeah in the election
campaign would have to be the PNP, "because they are
the ones who brought hardship on the people and still seeking
a return to office." He said Councillor Murdock has been
the councillor for the St. Ann's Bay Division for over 16
years and that there is nothing she can show as an achievement
over those years.
JLP caretaker noted that roads, playfields, drains and other
infrastructures in St. Ann's Bay have been allowed to deteriorate
as a result of poor representation and that the JLP had no
need to turn to obeah, because the PNP have already done enough
to hurt themselves.