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'Babsy' berates cops for barring media from EOJ office

Monday, March 05, 2012 | 3:49 PM    

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THERE was a minor dispute at the heavily-guarded gates of the St Catherine Central- Brunswick Avenue office of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) as Member of Parliament Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, argued with police officials about letting the press onto the premises.

With just 15 minutes left before the nomination centre closed at 2:00 pm, Grange won the argument, giving the Observer access to the proceedings.

The large crowd of JLP supporters waited patiently on the other side of the gates as the party's Keneisha Allen -the 24 year old incumbent for the Spanish Town Division was nominated.

Allen's aunt Theresa Thornton of the Hampton Green Division, handed over her $3,000 nomination fee as did 34-year-old NCU student Barrington Bailey, councillor/candidate for the Ensom Division.

Grange said she was confident of their chances, noting "we have a very large majority and on this occasion we are going to increase the voter turnout."

Commenting on the tendency for low turnout for the local government polls traditionally, Grange said, "In this constituency, nothing is low key. I have very strong candidates, young candidates."

Earlier, the PNP fielded three candidates- Dazleen Lawrence for the Spanish Town div, Arthur Grant for Ensom city and Byron Lewis for Hampton Green.

There were two  independent candidates - Eric Wright for Ensom City and Knox Johnson for the  Hampton Green division.

As they closed the centre at 2pm, officials at the EOJ St Catherine Regional office said all reports from the field suggested an incident-free day.

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