Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party Leader, Andrew Holness, says the party is using the South East Clarendon by-election as a test of its machinery in that constituency.
The Prime Minister was speaking with the media yesterday, following the nomination of JLP candidate Pearnel Charles Junior and Independent Candidate, Derrick Lambert, for the March 2 by-election.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness says the party has plans for what he describes as the talents of former PNP Councillor, Kari Douglas.
Ms Douglas, the Councillor for the Trafalgar Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, crossed the floor on Monday to represent the governing JLP.
Prime Minister Holness says the JLP will watch Ms Douglas to determine if her actions are consistent with her utterances.
Meanwhile, former People’s National Party candidate for South East Clarendon, now an Independent candidate, Derrick Lambert, says he understands the party’s decision not to contest the by-election.
The PNP says it’s standing on principles.
The Opposition believes it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money to hold a by-election this year when a general election is constitutionally due next year.
Mr Lambert represented the PNP in the 2011 General Elections and lost to the JLP’s Rudyard Spencer by just over 100-votes.
He says he’s confident of a victory at the polls.
Derrick Lambert, Independent Candidate for the South East Clarendon constituency.
The by-election is to be held on March 2.