KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 5, 2018 – Residents of the constituency of St Andrew Northwestern in Jamaica will go to the polls next month to choose a replacement for the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Derrick Smith who resigned as the area’s representative last month.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced yesterday evening at a JLP meeting, that Election Day is March 5th and Nomination Day is a week from now – Monday, February 12th.
The two hoping to fill the vacancy left by Smith’s departure after almost three decades as an MP are the JLP’s Dr Nigel Clarke, who serves on the Government’s Economic Growth Council, and the main opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) Keisha Hayle, a primary school principal.
The JLP candidate had been chosen over Smith’s son, Duane Smith, who is the councillor for the Chancery Hall Division.
Prime Minister Holness says he expects the JLP to be given the seat again, while the PNP has also expressed confidence that it will be given an additional seat in Parliament.
Currently, in Jamaica’s 63-seat Parliament, the JLP has 32 seats and the PNP 30. The other seat is up for grabs in next month’s by-election.