PNP's Dwayne Vaz wins Central Westmoreland by-election
The People’s National Party's (PNP) Dwayne Vaz has won the Central Westmoreland by-election to extend the party’s dominance in the western Jamaica stronghold.
Vaz ran against the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Faye Reid Jacobs and Ras Astor Black of the Jamaica Alliance Movement to fill the seat that became vacant in August when Roger Clarke died.
After 160 boxes of ballots were counted Vaz prevailed with a near 2500-vote lead.
PRELIMINARY VOTE COUNT:
A total of 39,367 electors are registered in the constituency.
Voting had been slow since this morning at 7 o’clock when the polls opened.
At 3 o’ clock this afternoon, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica reported that just fewer than 32 percent of eligible electors had cast ballots.
But just before 5 o' clock, the figure increased to 40 - 50 percent turnout.
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