Wait-A-Bit residents switch party allegiance in protest

February 26, 2024
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Some residents of Wait-A-Bit in Trelawny today discarded their green outfits in favour of orange ones, while protesting what they called "disrespect" from Desmond Smith, the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) councillor-candidate for the Lorrimers division.

The STAR understands that the move stemmed from comments made by Smith today, allegedly suggesting he didn't need their votes to win.

Kevin Barnett, one of the dissenting residents, told The STAR that lack of water and employment opportunities for farmers have exacerbated the issue.

"The MP (former Member of Parliament Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert) and the councillor nah do anything for we in this part of Trelawny, and we a farm worker. Is election time, and we can't get a fork from our MP who a run how much term, our councillor doing how much term, plus our water what we come see as youths lock down," Barnett disclosed.

The residents gathered by the roadside dressed in orange and white outfits and defiantly waving orange flags as newly-minted PNP supporters.

At the nearby Wait-A-Bit All-Age School, mostly JLP supporters were gathered for today's ongoing local government elections.

Smith is contesting the Lorrimers division in Trelawny Southern against the PNP's Gregory Clarke.

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