The big three who could fall in local government election today

November 28, 2016
Newton Amos
Richard Parchment
Cedric Stewart


Having lost his parliamentary seat in February, Richard Parchment today stands at a critical cross-roads in his political life as he seeks election as a councillor.

Parchment is contesting the Malvern division in the St Elizabeth Parish Council. The seat was last held by the PNP's former West Indies pacer Daren Powell.

Defeat for Parchment, who is up against the JLP's Donald Simpson. could mean a serious dent to his political ambitions.

The PNP is defending a margin of 368 votes in Malvern.

Parchment, formerly a councillor in the Myersville division, lost South East St Elizabeth to the JLP's Frank Witter in February. The constituency, which was once a safe PNP seat, was one of 11 lost by the party in the last general election.



Former Superintendent of Police Newton Amos today has a date with destiny.

He could either pull off the spectacular with an unlikely win in the Linstead Division or he could become a two-time loser.

Amos unsuccessfully contested the North West St Catherine constituency for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in February. He lost to the People's National Party's Robert Pickersgill.

Today, Amos is up against Herbert Garriques for the parish council seat.



Cedric Stewart's stay in politics appeared to have been short-lived after he lost by 165 votes to the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Edmund Bartlett in 2012.

Stewart, a banker, gave Bartlett as scare and nearly captured East Central St James for the People's National Party (PNP).

Following that election defeat, Stewart was installed as head of Caymanas Track Limited, a position he held until shortly after the PNP lost state power in February. Now, he is back on the political hustings, this time seeking to become a councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC).

Stewart is nominated to run in the Cassia Park division of East Central St Andrew, the weakest  divisions for the PNP in the seat currently represented by Dr Peter Phillips.

The JLP's candidate is veteran councillor Beverly Prince who served three terms as councillor for the division, between 1998 and 2011, and a half term starting in 2013 following a by-election.

Cassia Park voted for a PNP councillor in 2012 by a margin of 31 votes. However, following the untimely death of Cynthia Burrel, Prince returned to win the seat for the JLP in a by-election by a margin of 410. votes.

Winning in Cassia Park could prove a very high mountain for Stewart.