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Focus on St Thomas as final count nears end in local government elections

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:42 PM

The focus remains on the counting of ballots in St Thomas where there is a 5-5 tie in the battle for control of the municipal corporation there after Monday's local government elections.

Nine divisions have so far been counted with the White Horses division the only one remaining. 

If the tie remains, then the returning officer will have to make the casting vote for the mayor of Morant Bay at the first sitting of the St Thomas municipal corporation.

Under the law, he must vote for the mayor to be elected from the party with the most popular votes in the parish.

The deputy mayor would be elected from the other party.

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

The People’s National Party received 11,135.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica says votes in 30 Electoral Divisions including the Municipality of Portmore are being counted today.