East Portland says yes to Ann-Marie Vaz ... JLP takes seat by 306 votes

April 04, 2019

Ann-Marie Vaz is set to join her husband, Daryl Vaz, in Parliament, following a stunning victory in Thursday's by-election in Eastern Portland.  She won by 306 votes.

It is the first time that the Jamaica Labour Party is winning the seat since 1980, when Anthony Abrahams won the seat for the party.

Preliminary results show that Vaz polled 9,917 votes to the People's National Party's Damion Crawford, who got 9,611 votes.

Both parties registered increases in their vote count. The JLP's Derron Wood got 6,330 votes in 2016 while the PNP's Dr Lynvale Bloomfield got 8,606 votes.

It means that the PNP got 1,005 more votes than it got in 2016 while the JLP got 3,587 more votes.

Ann-Marie's husband, Daryl, is the Member of Parliament for the neighbouring West Portland.  

The duo will now join Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet, as couples in the House of Representatives.

Thursday's by-election represents the third time that a Vaz, who contested a by-election, has won.

Before Ann-Marie, Daryl won West Portland in the 2009 by-election for the JLP, while Dwayne Vaz won Central Westmoreland in December 2014 for the PNP in that run-off.







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