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Court ruling prevents some Portmore electors from voting for Portmore mayor

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 6:13 PM

Some electors in Portmore, St Catherine will not be able to vote for the next mayor of the municipality.

This is as a result of a Supreme Court ruling on Monday. Supreme Court Judge Martin Gayle handed down a decision in favour of Lennox Hines, the Jamaica Labour Party candidate for the Southborough Division, who had challenged the former minister of local government Noel Arscott's decision to have sections of Spanish Town, St Catherine, included in Portmore.

The ruling means that electors in Lakes Pen, Quarrie Hill, Grange Lane, Clifton, and adjoining communities are barred from voting for a mayor for Portmore in tomorrow's local government polls.

The ECJ says due to the boundary changes arising from the court ruling, residents in some areas will only be able to vote for a councillor.

The polling divisions are:

- 1-7 in the Greater Portmore north division and

- Polling divisions 48-56 in the Portmore Pines division

The ECJ says all other voters will be entitled to elect a mayor and councillor.