The Electoral Office says it will advance preparations for the March 2 by-election in the Clarendon South East constituency now that it has been confirmed that the poll will go ahead following the nomination of two candidates on Wednesday.
It appeared the Jamaica Labour Party's Pearnel Charles Jr would have been the sole nominee following the decision of the People's National Party not to contest the by-election.
However, on Wednesday morning, independent candidate Dereck Lambert was the first to be nominated at Vere Technical High School.
Mr. Lambert, who ran unsuccessfully on a PNP ticket in that constituency in 2011, said he decided to enter the race to prevent outsiders from taking over the constituency.
He said it was his destiny.
Shortly after his nomination, the PNP sought to disassociate itself from Mr. Lambert, noting that the party's position to not contest the by-election still stood.
JLP's Pearnel Charles Jr entered the nomination grounds close to 1 o'clock, accompanied by Prime Minister and JLP leader Andrew Holness as well as other supporters.
He said he knows he has a lot of work to do.
"This is one of the largest seats in terms of geographical space and so I look forward to walking and gaining the confidence. I know that I have work to do. I know that Area Council 3 has work to do. I'm already excited and I want to get going right now. So we're gonna get this done, we're gonna hit the road, we're gonna go through the entire constituency and we're not stopping until March 2nd," Mr. Charles declared.
The election in Clarendon South East marks the sixth parliamentary by-election to be held since the 2016 General Election.