Sunday 23 February, 2020

Former PNP candidate nominated as independent for SE Clarendon poll

Independent candidate for the South East Clarendon by-election Derrick Lambert makes his way out of the nomination centre at Vere Technical High School. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Independent candidate for the South East Clarendon by-election Derrick Lambert makes his way out of the nomination centre at Vere Technical High School. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

An independent candidate has already come forward to contest the South East Clarendon by-election.

Former People's National Party (PNP) candidate for the constituency, Derrick Lambert, arrived at the nomination centre at Vere Technical High School at approximately 10.20 am, and immediately proceeded to seek to be nominated by officers from the Electoral Office of Jamaica at the centre.

He was taken through the steps of the nomination process, including checks of his list of the 10 persons who had nominated him from the list of voters within the constituency.

On conclusion of the process, he was duly nominated to contest the March 2 poll.

The Opposition PNP has chosen to boycott the by-election, but Lambert's candidacy will give its supporters, some of whom are reportedly disgruntled with the boycott of the poll, an opportunity to register their support for a candidate with some semblance of connection to the party.

Lambert unsuccessfully contested for the seat against former Member of Parliament (MP), Rudyard Spencer, in 2011.

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