Three constituencies without MPs following Green's death
Three constituencies are now without a member of parliament following the death of South East St Mary Member of Parliament, Dr Winston Green, who collapsed at his home and was later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday morning.
When the 58-year-old Green defeated Norman Dunn after the official recount during the 2016 General Elections, the JLP had 32 seats and the PNP 31. However, following his passing, the number of constituencies controlled by the PNP has been reduced to 28, following the resignations of Portia Simpson Miller and Omar Davies earlier this year.
And with the by-election dates yet to be announced for the seats vacated by Simpson Miller and Davies, both parties must now decide the candidates they will put forward to contest a possible run-off to determine who will represent the people of South East St Mary.
Speaking after Green's passing, Opposition Leader Peter Phillips noted that his death was untimely.
"Dr Green committed his life professionally and politically to serving the Jamaican people. He was a dedicated servant of the people, and a man faithful to his commitment to his family, his profession, his constituents, and his party," Phillips said.