Scores of residents in Salt Spring, St James, yesterday staged a protest to voice their opposition to the motion moved earlier this month to boot their councillor, Sylvan Reid, and his Catadupa Division counterpart, Gladstone Bent, from the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC).
The protesters, many clad in T-shirts emblazoned with Reid’s name, accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-led StJMC of political victimisation, arguing that there was an ulterior motive behind the ousting of the two People’s National Party (PNP) councillors on the basis that they had missed three consecutive sittings without giving notice, pursuant to Section 30 (1B) of The Local Governance Act.
“What they have done is to unite the community behind Mr Reid because like him or not, people see him as a good councillor.”
Reid, a two-time councillor for the Salt Spring Division, and Bent were both disqualified during the June monthly sitting of the corporation on a motion brought by JLP Senator Charles Sinclair, the councillor for the Flankers division.
André Hylton, the PNP’s caretaker for Central St James, in which the Salt Spring division is located, said that the JLP majority was exploiting a technicality in disqualifying the councillors, a move, he said, that totally disregarded the COVID-19 protocols, which should have covered both men.