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St James Southern magisterial recount to continue this morning

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 3:38 AM

The magisterial recount for the St James Southern constituency is set to continue at the Cambridge Resident Magistrate's court this morning with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP’s) Homer Davis is ahead of the People’s National Party (PNP’s) Derrick Kellier.

At the close of counting yesterday with 26 out 106 ballot counted, Davis has received 1,749 votes to Kellier’s 1,261.

During the count, Davis picked up 21 of the 35 ballots which had been rejected at the official count.

Ras Astor Black and Joseph Hilton, the two independent candidates who contested the seat, were also present at Wednesday’s recount, with each man receiving five votes.

Meanwhile, at the end of Wednesday’s count, nine ballots were rejected and seven spoiled.

However, presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger is to make a ruling on two of the nine rejected ballots on Thursday, following submissions by the attorneys representing Davis and Kellier.

The JLP had filed for a magisterial recount on the grounds that several ballots which were rejected at the final count should have been included.

Following the official count on February 25, Kellier was declared the winner by 81 votes.