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Election petition hearing against Yallahs councillor resumes

The hearing into the election petition brought against Dean Jones, the Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Yallahs Division in St. Thomas, resumed Thursday morning at the Supreme Court with Administrator at the Coroner's Court Janet Morgan Rogers returning to the witness stand.
 
In July, Mrs. Morgan Rogers was asked to take the original resignation letter she received from Mr. Jones to present to the court. 
 
Mrs. Morgan Rogers told the court Thursday morning she was unable to locate the document. 
 
When asked by Bert Samuels, the attorney representing Constantine Bogle, if the document was left in her care, she said it was placed in a file in her office, but she was unable to locate it.
 
Returning Officer for western St Thomas Franklyn Holness is now on the witness stand.
 
The case, which resumed on Thursday after a two month break, is expected to conclude on Friday.
 
Mrs. Morgan Rogers gave evidence in July that Mr. Jones handed her his resignation letter on December 12 last year.
 
But the letter was dated October 25.
 
Constantine Bogle, who was defeated by Mr. Jones in last November's Local Government election, is contending that Mr. Jones did not live in the parish for a stipulated period as required by law, and is therefore unfit to serve in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation.
 
Mr. Jones, who defeated Mr. Bogle by 125 votes, has dismissed the claims. 
 
The court is to determine whether Mr. Jones lived in Yallahs and whether he was a Civil Servant when he was elected as this would make him ineligible to become councillor.
 


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