Brantley takes swipe at Peter Jenkins – cites unfitness

Speaking on his regular Wednesday programme ‘On the Mark’, Brantley claimed that Jenkins is unfit for that position, because of the long-standing relationship with the Labour Party and the Labour Government.

According to Brantley, Jenkins has developed “a smell of bias” about him, which was part of a High Court submission in last year’s boundary change challenge.

“Well, that matter was put before a judge when the first report was presented in 2013, and the judge did not agree that Mr. Jenkins was tainted with bias, but the judge did agree that the report that was produced was bad, and it was struck down as being null and void,” the opposition leader said.

Brantley continued, “And so when the prime minister ran to parliament that Monday morning, if I recall, and tried to change boundaries and to call elections, just after the 30th Independence celebrations, he was met with an injunction.”

Continuing to remind the people of the issues with the boundary changes, Brantley said that the commission has been meeting, with the “majority being Marcella Liburd, Asim Martin, and the chairman” who “always voted with Marcella Liburd and Asim Martin”.

“Not even one time did he make the mistake and say let me vote with the other two, just so that it would appear that I am not one-sided. Well, he has always voted and stuck with his Labour credentials,” opined Brantley

He noted that the consequence is huge on the commission, because in every decision that is put forward, the three have voted against the two opposition party members.

“Now I am told they have come up with changes to the boundaries, changes to the boundaries, my friends, that I will share with you,” said Brantley.

He pointed out that based on a map provided to him with the changes purported, “St John’s is no more, that would be my analysis”.

“The constituency of number 9 would comprise of St Paul’s and St. John’s. Then, we have the constituency of number 10, which is Gingerland, (and) then, we have the constituency of number 11, which is St. James and St Thomas. Well, number 11 is currently been held by Patrice Nisbett of the NRP and Labour, and so they have not seen it fit to change anything in number 11,” Brantley outlined.

Brantley believes that he is the target of the boundary changes, because Vance Amory has his seat confirmed, while Patrice has also locked-up his, but they are targeting the sheriff, he said.

“They left St. Paul’s untouched. Why? Because everybody understands that Mr. Hector of the NRP is the incumbent in St. Paul’s. So they haven’t touched that seat at all… but who they have come and targeted are the good people of St. Johns,” Brantley stated.    


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