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Hay-Webster pays fee for ill colleague

BY JANICE BUDD Associate Editor Sunday buddj@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, March 05, 2012 | 1:50 PM    

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FORMER St Catherine Member of Parliament Sharon Hay-Webster was drafted into the local government nomination day proceedings in her old constituency this morning after a fellow JLP candidate took ill.

Hay-Webster showed up wearing her green JLP polo short at the small upstairs office of the EOJ returning officer for South East St Catherine at the Spanish Village Plaza in Twickenham Park. She handed over thirty $100 bills — the nomination fee for the JLP councillor candidate for Greendale division, Bernard Merrick.

Merrick had fallen ill earlier and was getting medical attention.  

Hay-Webster, armed with a JP-signed and stamped medical certificate, was his stand in. Her job to ensure Merrick was duly nominated was unexpected, said the former MP.

She is no stranger to the process, though she lost at the last general polls in December 2011. 

Next nominated was the JLP councillor for De La Vega City Division, Sutcliffe Williams. He was followed by Dwight Peccoo of the Lauriston electoral division and Donavon Guy of the Twickenham Park division.

Around 1:15 pm, the People's National Party (PNP) candidates arrived with great pomp and pageantry. A throng of orange clad, banner-waving supporters led the way, marching band in tow, in a massive show of support for the ruling party.

Fabian Headley - Twickenham Park; Enos Lawrence - Dela Vega City; Keisha Lewis - Lauriston Division and Norman Scott- Greendale Division were all duly nominated as candidates for the PNP.

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