By Demion McTair. Updated 10:32 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Former Science and Technology Coordinator with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Phillip Jackson has expressed an interest in contesting the Marriaqua constituency, One News SVG understands.
“Yes! I threw my hat in the ring. I am very humbled by the swift and strong show of support” – Mr. Jackson posted Sunday (July 5) on his official Facebook page.
One News SVG contacted the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Lavern King, on Sunday (July 5), who confirmed that Mr. Jackson has expressed an interest in contesting in the next general election on an NDP ticket in the Marriaqua constituency.
Jackson is currently one of five individuals who have expressed an interest in contesting Marriaqua for the NDP, King told One News SVG.
If successful in his bid to secure the candidacy, Mr. Jackson will likely face incumbent, St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince, the Unity Labour Party (ULP) member of Parliament for the constituency, who won in his 2015 bid against the NDP’s Curtis Bowman by some 756 votes.
Prince has served as the Minister of Education during the party’s current term in office. Before his election, Prince was Director of the Agency for Public Information (API), and worked in media and communication for decades.
According to Mr. Jackson’s information on his official Facebook page, he Studied Biological Sciences at Universidad de Oriente Santiago de Cuba, Studied for a Master of Science (MSc) in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Manchester Business School, and Studies for a PhD in Economic Development Policy at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Twelve (12) candidates have so far been ratified by the opposition New Democratic Party to contest the next general election in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, NDP PRO, Lavern King told One News SVG.
Elections are constitutionally due in December 2020, with three months grace period which can push the poll to March 2021.