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DUNN UNQUALIFIED TO BE NOMINATED

DUNN UNQUALIFIED TO BE NOMINATED

KINGSTON, JAMICA, October 13, 2017: The young professional caucus of the People’s National Party (PNP), the Patriots, is today asserting that the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for South East St. Mary, Norman Alexander Dunn, has not met the constitutional requirement to be nominated as candidate in the October 30th by-election in South East St. Mary and is calling on the JLP to immediately provide proof that its candidate’s nomination is in accordance with the law.

In a statement today, the Patriots said Section 40 (2) of the Jamaican Constitution states:

Section 40 (2) of the Constitution

No person shall be qualified to be appointed as a Senator or elected as a member of the House of Representatives who – 

(a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign Power or State; 

(b) holds or is acting in any public office or the office of Judge of the Supreme Court or Judge of the Court of Appeal or, save as is otherwise provided by Parliament, is a member of a defence force; 

(c) is a party to, or a partner in a firm or a director or manager of a company which to his knowledge is a party to, any contract with the Government of Jamaica for or on account of the public service, and has not: – 

(i) in the case of appointment as a Senator, by informing the Governor-General; or 

(ii) in the case of election as a member of the House of Representatives, by publishing a notice in the Gazette within one month before the day of election, previously disclosed the nature of such contract and his interest or the interest of such firm or company therein; 

The young professionals said Dr. Dunn is a shareholder and Director of several entities which hold contracts with the Government of Jamaica through the National Health Fund’s Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) and other NHF drug dispensary programmes.

These companies, Medpro Jamaica Ltd, with registration #35081 and NORALDU Ltd, with registration #75350, both with offices at 111A Molynes Road in Kingston, hold on-going agreements under which they are paid weekly amounts by the government to supply drugs to NHF customers at varying pharmacies owned either by Dr. Dunn or one of his companies.

The Patriots said a search of the Jamaica Gazette has not shown the relevant notice being published as required by the Jamaican constitution.  These provisions are placed in the constitution to protect our democracy from abuse, corruption, blatant dishonesty and the covert use of public resources to influence the outcome of elections.

The JLP should immediately provide the evidence that its candidate has complied with this constitutional requirement; otherwise the Electoral Commission of Jamaica should seek the advice of the Solicitor General of Jamaica on the validity Dr. Dunn’s nomination.

The Patriots are further advising voters that in the event Dr. Dunn’s nomination goes forward, a vote for him would be a wasted vote.