Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Five Comrades line up to replace Thwaites in Central Kingston

(From left) Paul Buchanan, Imani Duncan-Price, Donald Jackson, Joan Porteous and Raymond Pryce.

(From left) Paul Buchanan, Imani Duncan-Price, Donald Jackson, Joan Porteous and Raymond Pryce.

Five members of the People’s National Party (PNP) have been cleared to challenge for the Central Kingston seat held by the Reverend Ronald Thwaites who will not be seeking re-election in the next General Election constitutionally due in 2021.

The five are: Imani Duncan-Price, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition; businessman Donald Jackson; businesswoman and reverend, Joan Porteous; and former Members of Parliament, Raymond Pryce and Paul Buchanan.

North Clarendon Member of Parliament, Horace Dalley on Monday presided over a Code of Conduct signing which the aspirants are expected to abide by.

Thwaites... will not be seeking re-election.

Thwaites is expected to serve out his term – his fourth – in the safe PNP seat. The candidate who will contest the next election as the PNP’s standard bearer will be known as early as June 22 when a selection conference will be held.

Of the five potential candidates, Jackson and Porteous are the least known. Duncan-Price is the daughter of D.K. Duncan, former Minister in the Michael Manley government. She contested and lost the East Rural St Andrew seat to Juliet Holness in the 2016 General Election.

Pryce served one term as MP in the PNP stronghold of North East St Elizabeth but was dropped by the party for the 2016 general election.

For his part, Buchanan, a well known businessman, served one-term in the swing constituency of West Rural St Andrew but was defeated by over 2,000 votes by newcomer to politics, Olympian Juliet Cuthberth Flynn.

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