Mon | Feb 19, 2018

Nomination Day: Clarke has a 90 per cent chance of winning by-election, says Chang

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 3:35 PM

Syranno Baines, Gleaner Writer

General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Dr Horace Chang has declared that unless something really "tragic" happens in the next three weeks, Dr Nigel Clarke has more than a 90 per cent chance of winning the March 5 by-election in the St Andrew North West constituency. 

At the same time, Chang says that the ruling JLP is taking very serious the challenge posed by the People's National Party (PNP) Keisha Hayle and will be fine tuning election machinery in the coming weeks. 

"We refused to be relaxed," Chang asserted.

"It is important to get out there and engage our voters. Mr Clarke is new to the Constituency so, he has to spend time to engage the workers and the constituents."

Chang backed Clarke, a political newcomer with many years experience in public and private sector leadership to make a difference and bring additional skill sets to government. 

Accompanied by members of the JLP hierarchy, namely Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Party Chairman Robert Montague and a bevy of Cabinet Ministers, Clarke completed the nomination process at 1:20 p.m.

Immediately after, party supporters who were allowed entry into the Pembroke Hall Community Centre began their rendition of the party's anthem, 'Stand Up For Your Rights'.

He gave very brief statements after, as he was ushered outside by senior members of the party. 

Prime Minister Holness also exited hastily after the nomination, refusing to comment or speak to journalists.