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Chuck expresses concern over rejected ballots in western St Thomas

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 5:56 PM
Delroy Chuck

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is expressing concern about some 300 rejected ballots following the final count of votes in the Cedar Valley Division of western St Thomas.

The EOJ is conducting final counts in all 10 St Thomas divisions as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) each won five divisions after initial ballot counts last night.

The PNP's Marsha Francis retained her seat as councillor for the Cedar Valley division with an overall 741 votes.

Her JLP opponent Kerry Francis got 672 votes.

Chuck who was in Cedar Valley for the recount says he has accepted the final results.

However, he says there will be problems with final counts in other divisions if EOJ officials use the same method to reject ballots as those which EOJ officials were using in western St Thomas.

The EOJ officials in Western St Thomas said they are strictly abiding by the Representation of the People Act in rejecting some ballots.

However, Chuck's concerns resulted in a delay in the final count causing EOJ personnel to contact the headquarters for direction on how to proceed with controversial ballots.

They then came to a final agreement regarding the ballots that would be considered spoilt.

Meanwhile, over in Eastern St Thomas, the PNP's Rohan Bryan gained 1,522 votes to win the Morant Bay division.

His JLP opponent Hanif Brown gained 1,447 votes.

The final count for the Llandewy division is now underway between the PNP's Ewin Marr and Francisco Bonner of the JLP.