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PNP to seek Tollgate recount after one-vote loss

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 11:59 AM
Noel Arscott says the PNP will be seeking a magisterial recount of ballots cast in the Toll Gate Division in Clarendon.

People’s National Party (PNP) Vice-President Noel Arscott says the party will be seeking a magisterial recount of ballots cast in the Tollgate Division in Clarendon, after its candidate lost by one vote.

Godfrey Knight lost the Tollgate Division for the second time in his political life after a recount of ballots.

The preliminary count gave Knight a one-vote win over the Jamaica Labour Party’s Radcliffe McDonald.

Knight received 1,503 votes to McDonald's 1,502

However, yesterday, following the official count of ballots, McDonald ended up on the losing side by a one-vote deficit.

Some 23 ballots were rejected.

Knight says the loss is tough.

 

He says he's optimistic a magisterial recount will end in his favour.

 

PNP candidate for the Toll Gate Division

Knight says he will leave politics if he loses the recount.

He also says it’s his last term if he wins.

Knight first contested Tollgate in 1998 and won.

In his second election, in 2003, he lost the seat by 428 votes, and in 2007 he was declared winner by 76 votes on election night, only for the results to be reversed in the recount leaving him 23 votes adrift of the winner.