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The Battleground seats - ST ANDREW WEST RURAL - Paul Buchanan vs Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 2:06 PM
Andrew Gallimore
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2011 results St Andrew West Rural

PNP's Paul Buchanan 7,716

Andrew Gallimore - 7,479

Total electors 32,976

Voter turnout 46.5 per cent

Rejected ballots 89

The St Andrew West Rural constituency has been a political battlefield ever since it was created in 1959, with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) - seven victories - just one step ahead of the People's National Party (PNP), to date.

In the 2011 election, the PNP crossed the line with 237 more votes than the JLP. This win brought an end to two consecutive victories by the JLP's Andrew Gallimore.

Political observers will undoubtedly pay some attention to the anticipated duel between incumbent Paul Buchanan and Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn.

Neither the PNP nor the JLP can claim political dominance in St Andrew West Rural as the seat has swung from one party to another over time. From 1959 to 1976, voters in the constituency switched political allegiance alternately starting with the JLP.

However, from 1976 to 1983, the JLP surged ahead winning three consecutive elections, with the latter not contested by the PNP.

For the next three elections, the PNP hit back securing wins up to the 1997 national polls.

In the upcoming election, an additional 3,894 electors are eligible to vote in St Andrew West Rural, having been added to the November 30, 2015 voters' list.

 

Winning Margins

 

- 1959 - 1,917 votes

JLP's Arthur Leon over

PNP's A.A. Walker

Total electors: 19,453

Voter turnout: 70.4 per cent

Rejected ballots: 133

- 1962 - 1,464 votes

PNP's Allan St Aubyn Issacs over JLP's Emile E. Joseph

Total electors: 22,339

Voter turnout: 71 per cent

Rejected ballots: 78

- 1967 - 1,198 votes

JLP's Emile E. Joseph over PNP's Rose A. Leon

Total electors: 10,082

Voter turnout: 79.8 per cent

Rejected ballots: 65

- 1972 - 702 votes

PNP's Rose Leon over

JLP's Emile E. Joseph

Total electors: 11,683

Voter turnout: 77.5

Rejected ballots: 42

- 1976 - 48 votes

JLP's Mavis Gilmour over PNP's Leon Rose

Total electors: 20,197

Voter turnout: 88.4

Rejected ballots: 333

- 1980 - 4,750 votes

JLP's Mavis Gilmour over PNP's Winston Davidson

Total electors: 24,018

Voter turnout: 80.3 per cent

Rejected ballots: 105

- 1983 - 5,959 votes

JLP's Mavis Gilmour over Republican Party's Clive Smith

PNP did not contest election

Total electors: 24,024

Rejected ballots: 17

- 1989 - 96 votes

PNP's Claude Clarke over JLP's Kenneth Baugh

Total electors: 22,022

Voter turnout: 74 per cent

- 1993 - 225 votes

PNP's Vernon Robinson over JLP's George Ramocan

Total electors: 19,207

Voter turnout: 41.3 per cent

Rejected ballots: 77

- 1997 - 448 votes

PNP's Vernon Robinson Jr over JLP's Newlyn A. Seaton & NDM's Louis Joseph

Total electors: 24,923

Voter turnout: 56.4 per cent

Rejected ballots: 115

- 2002 - 1,766 votes

JLP's Andrew Gallimore over PNP's Carol Archer

Total electors: 28,170

Voter turnout: 54 per cent

Rejected ballots: 33

- 2007 - 2,321 votes

JLP's Andrew Gallimore over PNP's Andrea Moore

Total electors: 30,137

Voter turnout: 56.6 per cent

Rejected ballots: 186

- 2011 - 237 votes

PNP's Paul Buchanan over JLP's Andrew Gallimore

Total electors: 32,976

Voter turnout: 46.4 per cent

Rejected ballots: 89

- For the February 25 election, 3,894 persons added to the voters' list