WATCH: ‘No Ryan, no vote!’ Labourites upset with candidate's booting
A screen grab from a video of a group of disgruntled Labourites protesting the removal of Dr Ryan Simpson as the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) candidate for South East St Ann.
"No Ryan, no vote!" That was the cry of a group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in South East St Ann after news emerged on Thursday that the party’s hierarchy had removed Dr Ryan Simpson as its candidate in the constituency.
JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, on Thursday said Simpson recently arrived in the island from overseas and did not adhere to the COVID-19 protocols which required him to be quarantined at home for a period of 14 days.
But in a 46-second video, a group of mostly female JLP supporters claimed that they will not be voting if Simpson is not reinstated as the party's candidate for the September 3 General Elections.
"Wi nuh know Mr (Horace) Chang, a weh him come from?” stated one of the protesters.
“A Mr Simpson wi want! Mr Simpson duh tuh much fi unuh a fight against him!" the protester added.
Then the small group chanted in unison: "No Simpson, no vote! No Ryan, no vote!"
They were, for the most part, dressed in green shirts bearing the image of the ousted candidate.
One of the females said she hoped JLP leader, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, would get their message on the video, because she did not agree with the removal of Simpson.
A minister of religion, Simpson was noticeably left out of a JLP advertisement that was published in one of the country’s national newspapers on Wednesday with the photographs of the party’s slate of candidates.
In addition, there was no photograph of a JLP candidate for South East St Ann.
Dr Chang has since indicated that the party is hoping to soon select a new candidate for the seat.
Nomination Day is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18.
South East St Ann is considered a sure seat for the Opposition People's National Party (PNP). The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Lisa Hanna, is expected to again be a runaway winner there.