JLP targets minimum 10 councils in today's election
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) last night said that it will win at least 10 of the 14 local authorities when the ballots for today's local government elections are tallied.
The JLP failed to win a single parish council in the 2012 elections, but with the political tide appearing to have turned against the People's National Party (PNP), Andrew Holness' party is talking big about its chances today.
JLP heavyweight Audley Shaw told labourites in Manchester that it is important that they work to take back that parish council.
"Tek dis one serious because it is time for us to take over back the Manchester Parish Council. I want the Labour Party in charge of the Manchester Parish Council again," Shaw said.
The PNP won the 2012 Local Government Elections, gaining 149 seats to the Jamaica Labour Party's 76. The other two seats were won by Independent candidates.
However, political watchers have suggested that the PNP may only win Westmoreland, Portmore, and Manchester.
Voter turnout for special services electorates was measured at 41 per cent, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica of Jamaica said.
Members of the police, military as well as election day workers cast ballots on Friday ahead of today's polls.
Voter turnout in the last local government elections was approximately 34 per cent.