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EOJ promises results of official vote count by Monday

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:45 PM
The EOJ says counting is taking place in the designated counting centres in each constituency except for five.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says the final counting of ballots cast in yesterday’s general elections is expected to be completed by Monday.

Final counting for all constituencies across the island began Friday.

The EOJ says counting is taking place in the designated counting centres in each constituency except for five.

Counting for St Andrew Eastern, St Ann South Western, St Mary South Eastern and St Catherine North Eastern is being done at the EOJ’s Head Office at Duke Street Kingston.

The counting of votes for St James Southern is being done at the EOJ’s Regional Office in Montego Bay.

The Director of Elections Orrette Fisher reportedly made the decision to provide closer monitoring for the final count in constituencies where the preliminary results were particularly close.

Based on the preliminary count, the Jamaica Labour Party has won 33 seats, and the People's National Party 30 of the 63 seats available.

While voter turnout was below 47.7 percent, Fisher says he is pleased with the proceedings on Election Day.