JLP scores big local government win


November 29, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby: Photographer Desmond McKenzie, deputy leader of the JLP, rings the freedom bell, as he and supporters celebrate victory in the local government elections at party headquarters on Belmont Road last night.

The People's National Party (PNP) last night said its defeat in yesterday's local government elections was expected.

Based on preliminary results of yesterday's election, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won eight on the 14 local authorities.

"The victory that you have given to the Jamaica Labour Party will not be taken for granted," JLP Leader Andrew Holness said last night.

"There is a level of soberness that be attached to this victory," Holness said, while telling councillors that the work starts today.

The PNP, which won all 14 local authorities in the 2012 elections, only managed to win Westmoreland, Hanover, Portmore and Manchester.

St Thomas ended in a 5-5 tie. The JLP, however, won the popular vote 12,464 to 11,135 which would give it control of the parish council.

Another interesting tie was in the Angels division in St Catherine.

With all the votes counted, there is a tie in the race to become councillor.

The PNP won the seat by 436 votes in March, 2012. However, yesterday both Patricia Harris (PNP) and Kerensia Morrison (JLP) polled 1,047 votes.

The returning officer has the casting vote.

St Catherine is now tied 20-20, and Angels would be the seat that decides the parish.

"It is not unexpected, although we have worked very, very hard," PNP general secretary Paul Burke said last night.

PNP president Portia Simpson Miller has now lost four of the six national elections in which she has led her party.

Holness now has a 50 per cent win record in national elections.

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