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St James magistrate denies application to reject several ballots in recount

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 6:28 PM

The presiding magistrate at the recount in the St James Southern constituency today denied an application by the attorney for the Jamaica Labour Party's candidate, Homer Davis, to reject a number of ballots from one polling division.

Resident Magistrate Ann-Marie Granger rejected the application made by the attorney, Hugh Wildman that the ballots under dispute were not properly issued by the Electoral Office of Jamaica.

Wildman argued that the initials of the presiding officer and the polling date were missing from the ballots.

However, in her ruling, RM Granger said that there was no evidence to suggest the ballots were not properly supplied by the presiding officer.

She noted that the ballots' polling divisions and constituency could be identified.

Meanwhile, up to 4:30 this afternoon, 52 out of 106 ballots boxes had been counted.

Davis was leading with 3,277 votes while the People’s National Party’s Derrick Kellier had 2,696 votes.

Ras Astor Black has received 16 votes while the fourth candidate, Joseph Hilton, has received 13 votes.

The magisterial recount will continue tomorrow morning.