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Governor General to receive election results today - EOJ

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2016 | 3:28 PM
The Electoral Office of Jamaica says it will formally communicate the results of the General Election to the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen today.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it will formally communicate the results of the General Election to the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen today.

The EOJ completed the official count of the ballots in all 63 constituencies last night.

It says of the 63 seats contested, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) holds the majority with 32 and the Peoples National Party (PNP) holds the remaining 31.

In a release this morning, the EOJ said the Returning Officers are expected to submit to the Director of Elections the writs of election along with the Form 21, which indicates the winner in each constituency, confirming the overall seats. 

Following the receipt of the returns, it says the results will be conveyed to Sir Patrick.

Meanwhile, the EOJ says it has been summoned to a magisterial recount at the Sutton Street Court for Wednesday, March 2 for the constituency of St Mary South Eastern.

As a result the office says the Member of Parliament for the constituency will be finalised at the end of the magisterial recount.

The Jamaica Labour Party's Norman Dunn lost that seat in the recount by nine votes to the People's National Party's Winston Green.

The seat had been declared for Dunn in the preliminary count last Thursday. 

The EOJ says the final figures relating to the vote count will be presented once all summary sheets have been handed in by the Returning Officers.