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candidate claims supporters being attacked
ANN: THE PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) candidate for the Sturge
Town division, North West St. Ann, Rodney Kerr, has complained
that his supporters have been constantly under attack from
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in that division.
Kerr said that since the start of the election campaign, several
of his supporters have been both physically and verbally abused
by supporters of the JLP.
PNP candidate reported that presently, one supporter, Brenton
Johnson, of a Salem address, is now suffering from stab wounds
and a broken leg, as a result of a vicious attack from a group
of JLP activists. The Runaway Bay police confirmed that they
have arrested and charged Lenworth Cox, also of Salem, in
connection with that incident.
an account of the latest confrontation with the JLP, Mr. Kerr
said that on Sunday, he and his supporters were in the Salem
community handing out voters guide when a group of JLP supporters
gathered and started to hurl abuses and threats at them. The
PNP candidate said he and his supporters want a peaceful election
campaign in the Sturge Town division and that he is calling
on his JLP opponent to ensure that his supporters maintain
JLP candidate, Winston Lawrence has denied the allegations
claiming that it was JLP supporters who were being attacked
by the PNP. When contacted, Mr. Lawrence told The Gleaner
that last Tuesday one of his supporters had to seek medical
attention for a serious blow to the head, after he and a group
of JLP supporters came under attack in the Sturge Town district.
He said he has received complaints from several residents
in known JLP stronghold that they were being intimidated by
Lawrence told The Gleaner that any problems Mr. Kerr was encountering
in Salem was not political, but could have been the result
of long standing differences between himself and some residents
of that community. The JLP candidate said he and his supporters
are committed to a peaceful campaign and will not be drawn
into any confrontation with PNP supporters.