JUST IN: Prime Minister urges calm as tension heightens amid official ballot count
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has issued a statement calling for Jamaicans to remain calm in light of the prolonged official counting ballots in some constituencies.
"With reports of tension in some areas across the island the Prime Minister is appealing to supporters of both parties to remain calm as the constitutionally prescribed processes continue," a spokesperson from the Office of the Prime Minister said in the statement.
"All Jamaicans have a responsibility to ensure that Jamaica's reputation as a mature democracy is preserved and nothing causes hurt to anyone," Simpson Miller is quoted as saying.
According to the Prime Minister, Jamaica has made important economic gains and the country cannot afford to reverse them at this time.
"Everyone must ensure that we put Jamaica first," Simpson Miller said.
There has been increased tension since last night when the People's National Party's Dr Winston Green was declared the winner of the St Mary South Eastern seat by nine votes.
Following the preliminary count on Thursday, the JLP's Norman Dunn was declared the winner of the St Mary South East seat after polling 7,311 to Green's 7,184