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Local government election surprises

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 1:06 PM

As the official count gets underway all eyes will be on St Thomas which is now tied five-five between the People's National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party.

The Angel's Division in St Catherine is also receiving much attention where there is a tie between the PNP's Patricia Harris and the JLP's Kerensia Morrison who both received 1,047  votes.

If the figures remain after the official count, the returning officer will have to cast the deciding vote.

 

Outgoing Kingston Mayor Angella Brown Burke

Following last night's preliminary count, the JLP ended with control of nine local authorities and PNP four with a tie in the St Thomas council.

The JLP took the following municipal corporations.

Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St James, Trelawny, St Ann, St Mary and Portland.

The PNP has won:

Manchester, Portmore, Hanover and Westmoreland.

There were a few surprises in yesterday's election that saw two mayors being booted. 

The Mayor of Montego Bay, the PNP's Glendon Harris lost his seat in Maroon Town Division to the JLP's Everes Coke.

Coke received 1,071 votes to Harris' 990.

In the Lime Hall Division in St Ann, St Ann's Bay mayor, the PNP's Desmond Gilmore received 1,683 votes to be trounced by the JLP's Genevor Gordon-Bailey who polled 2,014 votes.

In Kingston, the JLP snatched the Rae Town division from the PNP.

JLP councillor for the Seivwright Gardens division, Delroy Williams, last night, told TVJ’s Andre Jebbison that the JLP’s victory in the KSAC is a statement that Jamaica is confident about the policies of the JLP government.

Williams who many are eyeing to become the next mayor of Kingston, said the JLP will seek to make local government the driver of economic activity in Jamaica.

 

JLP councillor for Selvright Gardens division, Delroy Williams

Meanwhile, defeated mayor of Kingston Angella Brown Burke last night vowed to dismayed supporters at the PNP’s Old Hope Road headquarters that PNP councillors will remain vocal in the KSAC.

 

Outgoing Kingston Mayor Angella Brown Burke