RJR News / The constituents of St. Andrew North Western will go to the polls on March 5 to elect their new Member of Parliament.
Nomination Day is next Monday February 12.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement on Sunday evening at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council One meeting at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre in St. Andrew.
It will be a race between the Jamaica Labour Party’s Dr. Nigel Clarke and the opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) Keisha Hayle.
Holness announced the election date after introducing Dr. Clarke to supporters.
In his address to the meeting Clarke said he was ready to hit the campaign trail.
“I am in for the fight, I am in so that we can accomplish what we will. So what I want us to do now is to hit the road and ring the bell for Nigel!”
The St. Andrew North Western seat became vacant last month following the resignation of Derrick Smith who served as Member of Parliament for nearly 30 years.
Meanwhile the People’s National Party last night outlined its campaign plans for St. Andrew North Western.
Chairman Fitz Jackson says the Party is intent on winning the seat.
“We will internally organise ourselves in the next day or so to finalise the team. The regional chairman, Comrade (Phillip) Paulwell has been leading the charge on behalf of the party in the constituency. We will pull things together, given the timeframe that we are working with…” Jackson said.
Electoral Office prepared
The Electoral Office of Jamaica says it started making preparations for the election ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement of the date.
“The tradition would be that the Electoral Office will be consutled to find out if we were in a position to conduct the by-election . We wouldn’t necessarily be told about the date. There would be consultation however. I heard of the announcement on the television while watching the news. I have not yet finalised the budget, but I will be seeking to do that and have it sent off to the Ministry of Finance,”said Director of Elections Orrette Fisher.
By-election for Norman Gardens Division
During last night’s Area Council One meeting at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre the date for the by-election in the Norman Gardens Division was announced by Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams.
It will take place the same date as the by election in St. Andrew North Western.
The Division became vacant last October when Angella Brown Burke stepped down after winning the by election in St. Andrew South Western.