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St Mary South Eastern magisterial recount: 30 of 108 ballot boxes tallied at noon

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 3:34 PM
In this February 25 file photo, ballot boxes from the closely contested general election are shown.

At noon, only 30 of the 108 ballot boxes had been counted in the magisterial recount for the controversial St Mary South Eastern Constituency.

At the end of the first day of counting, yesterday, inside the Civil Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in downtown Kingston, only 16 of the 108 ballot boxes had been tallied.

At that time attorneys for both candidates agreed that there was a net gain of one vote for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Dr Norman Dunn, a reduction of the margin of victory for People’s National Party (PNP) challenger Dr Winston Green to eight.

However, it's understood that Green has regained a vote in the count today, pushing the margin back to nine. 

Attorneys for the two main political parties have signalled that the magisterial recount for constituency could go into next week.

Hugh Wildman, who is one of the attorneys representing Dr, Dunn, says the recounting of ballots is going slowly.

Wildman points out that the recounting is a careful process that has to be properly managed.

One of Green's attorneys, K.D. Knight, also says the recounting is a tedious process and it will take some time to arrive at the final result.