Friday 23 August, 2019

All set for nomination day on Friday, says the EOJ

Ann-Marie Vaz and Damion Crawford, the main contenders who are expected to be nominated on Friday for the April 4 by-election in East Portland.

Ann-Marie Vaz and Damion Crawford, the main contenders who are expected to be nominated on Friday for the April 4 by-election in East Portland.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reporting that it is fully prepared to receive nominations for candidates to contest the upcoming April 4 by-election for the East Portland constituency.

Nomination Day activities are scheduled for this Friday, March 15, at the Port Antonio Courthouse from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Ann-Marie Vaz is expected be nominated to represent the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the by-election, while Senator Damion Crawford is slated to be nominated by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP).

It is not known whether any third party or independent candidate will be nominated.

The by-election became necessary following the February 2 murder of the then sitting Member of Parliament (MP), the PNP’s Dr Lynvale Bloomfield.

The EOJ has advised that on nomination day, any individual wishing to register as a candidate is required to: fill out a nomination form which has been signed by any 10 or more electors registered to vote in the constituency; return the form to the returning officer between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and pay a nomination fee of J$15,000.

Subject to sections 39 and 40 of the Jamaican constitution, any person seeking to enter as a candidate to sit in the House of Representatives should: Be a citizen of Jamaica, resident in Jamaica for at least 12 months prior to the date of nomination, or a Commonwealth citizen who has resided in Jamaica for at least 12 months prior to the nomination date; and be at least 21 years of age.

And the EOJ has also reminded that under the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2014, political parties intending to contest elections must be registered with the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

Persons wishing to contest elections who are not members of registered political parties can do so as independent candidates.

Additionally, the campaign financing and expenditure of candidates and political parties in the Portland Eastern by-elections is to be monitored under the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2016, said the EOJ.

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