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UPDATE: 15 of 108 boxes counted so far in St Mary South Eastern magisterial recount

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 3:58 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The Sutton Street Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court in Kingston where the magisterial recount of ballots cast in the St Mary South Eastern constituency, in the February 25 general election, is now underway.

Ballots from 15 of the 108 boxes had been counted so far in the magisterial recount for the St Mary South Eastern constituency.

The recounting began this morning at the Civil Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Sutten Street in downtown Kingston.

Today’s counting is expected to end at 5 o’ clock and resume at 10 tomorrow morning.

The recounting is being done under the watchful eyes of high-powered attorneys from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP).

IN PHOTO: JLP's Delroy Chuck arrives at the Sutton Street Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court in Kingston today.

IN PHOTO: PNP's K.D. Knight arrives at the Sutton Street Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court in Kingston today.

At the end of the preliminary count in last Thursday's General Election, JLP candidate Dr Norman Dunn was declared the winner over the PNP candidate Dr Winston Green.

Dunn won the seat by a 127-vote majority.

Green was, however, declared the winner by nine votes at the end of the official count on Saturday.

Earlier today, concern was raised by one of the lawyers observing the recounting about the slow pace of the counting of the ballots.

There is concern that under the current pace the recounting may continue until Saturday.

Meanwhile, members of the media have been barred from watching the St Mary South Eastern constituency magisterial recount.

When members of the media turned up at the courthouse this morning they met upon a police barricade, manned by a constable, set up outside courtroom number one where the ballots are being counted.

He told The Gleaner news team that the media are not allowed beyond the barricade.