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death reduces options for Braeton voters
Williams, Senior Associate Editor
ELECTORS in 14 of the 15 Portmore municipal divisions vote
on Local Government election day, June 19, to pick the first
Mayor of Portmore and the Parish Councillors for their divisions,
those in Braeton will vote to select the Mayor only.
reason for this change is the sudden death yesterday of the
Jamaica Labour Party candidate for the Braeton division in
St. Catherine South.
the death of the candidate, Winsome 'Myrna' Kidd, which family
members said occurred from natural causes, the Parish Council
election for that division will have to be postponed.
PICK TO GO AHEAD
the election for Mayor of Portmore will go ahead as scheduled
since each voter in the Portmore municipal divisions of St.
Catherine South, South Eastern and South Central will have
two ballots, one for Mayor and the other for Parish Councillor
of the respective division.
20 of the Parish Councils Act, which deals with the procedure
on the death of a nominated candidate, states in part:
before the closing of the poll, the returning officer becomes
aware that any candidate has died since the close of the nominations,
he shall, after communicating with the chief electoral officer,
adjourn the election to some day being not more than one month
from the day originally fixed for the election."
Kidd was a businesswoman residing in Brae-ton and was 51 years
old on February 20. She had been ailing for a while. She was
pronounced dead on being taken to the Spanish Town Hospital
after her condition deteriorated, her relatives said.
in the Braeton community as 'Labour Mumma', she was involved
in civic and community activities there, had founded the Braeton
Golden Age Club and was a member of the Braeton Community
a statement last night JLP Deputy Leader in charge of St.
Catherine, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, said that the party was
"very saddened by the sudden death.
am personally saddened and the party is very saddened about
her passing. We knew she was ill, but we felt she was strong
enough to go through with the campaign. She was a very dedicated
and committed person to community and party. She was a longstanding
member of the JLP and a very outstanding person in the Braeton
community and somebody who was really loved and appreciated,"
Ms. Grange said.