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Confident Hanna leads by 50

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:12 AM

At the end of the second day of the magisterial recount for the St Ann South Eastern constituency, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Lisa Hanna is leading the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Delroy Granston by 50 votes.

With 96 of the 126 boxes completed, Hanna closed the day on 3,843, with Granston on 3,793.

Hanna was initially declared winner of the seat by 14 votes (5,124 to 5,110), a lead that jumped to 32 (5,122 to 5,090) after the recount.

Jordan Whittingham, one of the attorneys representing Lisa Hanna, indicated that the recount has gone smoothly so far and expressed confidence that the incumbent would retain the seat.

“There hasn’t been any major challenges to the ballots that were rejected; the returning officer in my opinion did a very good job,” said Whittingham.

“He was very meticulous, and as a result of that, there has been very little room for the magistrate to overrule him per se.

The JLP is seeking to add to its overwhelming majority in the 63-seat Parliament.

The party picked up one more seat on Tuesday after Daniel Lawrence beat Westmoreland Eastern incumbent Luther Buchanan by 11 votes in a magisterial recount.

The St Ann South East recount began late Monday and is expected to be completed on Wednesday.

Hanna is seeking a third consecutive term as member of parliament in a constituency long considered a safe seat for the PNP.

– Carl Gilchrist