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Court again dismisses application to exclude ballots at St James Southern magisterial recount

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:39 PM

Resident Magistrate Ann-Marie Granger this morning threw out an application by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman who is representing the Jamaica Labour Party’s Homer Davis in the St James Southern magisterial recount.

Wildman was seeking to get the court to reject a number of ballots.

He argued that the ballots should not be included in the recount and that RM Granger overstepped her jurisdiction by including them.

However, in rejecting the application, RM Granger maintained her stance that the disputed ballots were properly supplied by the presiding officer.

Wildman signalled yesterday that he planned to challenge the magistrate’s decision to reject his application seeking to get a number of ballots in the recount thrown out. 

In that application yesterday, Wildman argued that several of the 32 ballots issued to Polling Division number 31 were not properly issued by the Electoral Office of Jamaica.

The attorney had argued that the initials of the presiding officer and the polling date were missing from the ballots.

However, RM Granger rejected the application stating that there was no evidence to suggest the ballots were not properly supplied by the presiding officer.

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

In the meantime, the recount for Southern St James continued this morning with 63 of 106 boxes being counted up to 11:30.

Up to that point, Davis had 3,814 votes, while the People’s National Party’s Derrick Kellier had 3,521 votes.

The National Democratic Movement's Ras Astor Black had received 22 votes and independent candidate Joseph Hilton was had 18 votes.