Hugh Buchanan survives
Hugh Buchanan has survived a vote to remain the People’s National Party’s St Elizabeth South West representative in a general election widely expected by year end.
Buchanan beat back challenger Ewan Stephenson by 14 votes at this afternoon’s election.
Buchanan received 147 votes from delegates to Stephenson’s 133.
There was one spoilt ballot out of the 281 delegates who voted.
Three-hundred and 46 delegates were eligible to participate.
Buchanan had won the seat from the Jamaica Labour Party’s Dr Chris Tufton by 13 votes in 2011.
Yesterday, he told The Gleaner that he was confident that when the race was over, he would remain the party's point man for the constituency in the general election.
"The delegates have told me not to worry because I will be safe. I have been meeting and discussing with them what we have been doing as a government and how it is impacting their lives. In spite of the difficulties, they have assured me that they want me to continue doing the job," he explained.