JLP expels three members

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THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has taken steps to expel three members for breaching the party's constitution.

The three members are Nakia Andre Nesbeth, Paul Wray Patmore and Wilbert Wellesley Whittingham. All three are running as independent candidates in the upcoming local government elections.

"The party's constitution makes it clear... that any member of the party who accepts nomination as a candidate for central or local government elections, representing any other party or as an independent candidate... shall be liable to summary expulsion from the party," the JLP said in a news release today.

It said allegations are that Nesbeth, who became a member only three weeks ago, was nominated as an independent candidate in St Catherine North West, Linstead Division; Patmore, who became a member almost 13 weeks ago was nominated as an independent candidate in Trelawny South, Lorrimers Division; and Whittingham, who became a member almost five years ago, was nominated in St James Central, Salt Spring Division.

"The party's secretariat has handed over all three members' files to the disciplinary committee to speedily commence expulsion proceedings, set to be concluded by Monday, March 12," the party said.