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Five-five tie remains in St Thomas after official ballot count

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 1:22 PM

The five-five tie remains in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation following the official counting of ballots cast in Monday's local government elections.

This means that the returning officer will have to make the deciding vote for the mayor of Morant Bay at the first sitting of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation next week.

Under the law, the returning officer must vote for the mayor to be elected from the party with the most votes overall in the parish.

The deputy mayor would be elected from the other party.

Based on the counts, the mayor will be elected from one of the Jamaica Labour Party councillors since the party received an overall total of 12,464 votes.

The People’s National Party received 11,135 votes.