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St Mary South Eastern recount could go 'til next week

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Attorneys for the two main political parties have signalled that the magisterial recount for the St Mary South Eastern constituency could go into next week.

At the end of the first day of counting inside the Sutton Street Resident Magistrate's Court in downtown Kingston yesterday, attorneys revealed that only 16 of the 108 ballot boxes had been tallied.

Both sides also agreed that there was a net gain of one vote for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Dr Norman Dunn, reducing the margin of victory for his People's National Party (PNP) challenger, Dr Winston Green, to eight.

"It takes a long time to go through each one [ballot box] because there are objections taken as to whether a particular ballot constitutes a proper vote," said Hugh Wildman, one of the attorneys representing Dunn as he sought to explain the snail's pace at which the counting was proceeding.

"So that [ballot] had to be examined and submissions made by both sides and the magistrate has to rule. So it's an exercise that takes time," he continued.

Despite this, both candidates expressed confidence that they would emerge victorious.