PNP threatens legal action if gov't fails to consult further on Portmore parish plan

Fitz Jackson, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Southern
By Kimone Witter    
Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Southern, Fitz Jackson says the People's National Party is prepared to take legal action over the proposed boundary changes in Portmore if the government does not engage in further consultation.
Mr. Jackson has asserted that some communities in his constituency and East Central St. Catherine will be disenfranchised by the boundary shift as they will no longer have political representatives.
Speaking Friday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, he said the PNP will not sit idly by and allow the government to abuse its power. 
"If they proceed that way and disenfranchise the people in those areas - part of it that would have been represented by me but no longer by the law that they would have brought into force - I am going to court about it. It's abuse of authority by the government," he contended. 
Mr. Jackson said he is to re-table questions on the matter in Parliament for response by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie. 
The MP is concerned that the government is embracing gerrymandering by manipulating constituency borders for its political advantage - a practice he said the Electoral Office of Jamaica was established to prevent. 
The concern over the impending boundary shift was reignited two weeks ago when MP for St. Catherine South Eastern, Everald Warmington, stated that the changes will create a stronghold in the St. Catherine East Central constituency for the Jamaica Labour Party.

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