Friday 25 September, 2020

WATCH: Visually impaired Labourite has issue with NE St Ann selection

Prime Minister and JLP Leader, Andrew Holness, is seen engaged in a vibrant discussion with the party support over the selection of the JLP representative for North East St Ann.

Prime Minister and JLP Leader, Andrew Holness, is seen engaged in a vibrant discussion with the party support over the selection of the JLP representative for North East St Ann.

A Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporter has taken issue with the selection of attorney Marsha Smith as the party's new standard-bearer for the North East St Ann constituency.

The man, who is visually impaired, wanted Ocho Rios businesswoman Lisa Marsh to be selected as the replacement for the late Shahine Robinson, who died on May 29.

He made his feelings known in no uncertain terms to Prime Minister Andrew Holness as the leader of the ruling JLP toured sections of the North East St Ann constituency, and officially endorsed Smith as the party's representative there on Wednesday.

A video of the vibrant interaction between the man and the PM has since gone viral in several social media political groups. In the video, the elderly man is seen telling Holness that he wanted a representative that was willing to work with the people of the constituency, just as Robinson. 

He suggested that individual was Lisa Marsh.

"You know who mi want? Mi want yuh to select har. Mi did a talk to Mr (Horace) Chang wah day yah but true mi ears nuh so good and the phone nuh good, mi nuh hear weh him say (and) him want tell me say it (the candidate) select already. But mi nuh want it select so. Mi want yuh fi see the people weh deh behind Miss Marsh, Lisa Marsh. A she mi want and mi a beg yuh gimme Lisa Marsh," explained the gentlemen, who said glaucoma had badly affected his eyesight. 

In making his case for Marsh, he said she "can work like Shahine (Robinson). She know the people dem, (and) she get around with the people dem right."

Of the selected candidate, the man said: "Mi nuh see di other lady at all. She ago live inna office? We nuh want that. We want smaddy weh go round like Shahine!" 

In response, Holness commended the gentleman for expressing his views but assured him that the new candidate would work on behalf of the people. 

The JLP leader also assured that the relevant canvassing had been done in arriving at the selection of Smith as the new candidate.

Further, he promised the visually impaired gentleman to contact him and engage in further discussions surrounding the issues he had with the selection process.

The visually impaired man wasn't the only Labourite voicing support for Marsh. On the same day, a number of individuals were seen in front of the newly constructed offices of the Ministry of Labour and Security in St Ann's Bay, chanting "We want Lisa (Marsh)."

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