JLP dispels rumours it has lost election
The General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang has issued a statement dispelling rumours that the party has lost the general election.
"Even the reported loss of (the JLP's) Dr Norman Dunn by nine votes has not affected the majority of the government, and we also feel confident that that result will be overturned at the end of the Magistrate's recount," Chang said.
"There have been no further changes regarding the victorious party," said Chang.
The JLP general secretary has also appealed for calm amid reports of rising tensions being fuelled by the rumours.
"We as Jamaicans must be vigilant about any attempt to discredit the electoral process or to halt the prompt and effective transition of government in the interests of the Jamaican people," he said.
While expressing concern about the pace at which the official ballot count has been proceeding, Chang said he had full confidence in the electoral process and noted that several independent observers including the Organisation of American States ranked the election as free and fair.