Prime Minister Andrew Holness today announced the nomination and by-election days for the South East Clarendon Constituency following the resignation of long time Member of Parliment Rudyard Ruddy Spencer.
In a release Prime Minister Holness announced that the Nomination Day will be on Wednesday February 12, 2020 and Election Day will be on Monday March 2, 2020 for the Constituency of Clarendon South Eastern.
He added that it is his duty to ensure the proper functioning of the people’s government, which includes keeping the Parliamentary majority intact.
The announcement follows the opposition’s declaration that they will not be participating in the by-election.
In a release, Julian Robinson the General Secretary of the Peoples National Party, said while the party wished Spencer well in his retirement, “his resignation has not been occasioned by any personal or national emergency, but by the political exigencies of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to settle the political wrangling between Senators Pearnel Charles, Jr and Robert Morgan.”
“Jamaica could not, therefore, reasonably be expected to provide the Electoral Office of Jamaica with $30 million to pay for a contrived by election, when general elections, expecting to cost over one billion dollars, are due within months,” Robinson noted
Robinson added that the PNP respects the right of the people of South East Clarendon to have Parliamentary representation, but has no intention of following the JLP into this unnecessary and wasteful political exercise which will be a carnival of spending state resources, as were the cases in the two previous by elections.