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JLP retains Toll Gate division after magisterial recount

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 7:31 PM

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has retained the Toll Gate division by one vote following a magisterial recount that ended at the Clarendon Parish Court this afternoon.

The JLP's Radcliffe McDonald said he was always confident that the results would have been in his favour.

"I knew I would have won. The deciding factor was straight cut," he said.

McDonald said after he is sworn in on Thursday he will be returning to the division to begin working on the ground.

"Winning by just one vote is his a hard one and must not be take lightly," he said, making reference to the JLP's one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Keste Miller, the attorney-at-law representing the People's National Party's Godfrey Knight said the judge ruled against his candidate by one vote which he thinks should have been award to PNP candidate. 

The ballot was marked for the PNP but contained a secondary mark and so it rejected.

"The quality of the rejected ballot should have been given to us but it was kept out and that is the reason why we lost by one vote," Miller said.

He argued that based on the law, it should have been accepted and adding that the legal team will be meeting to explore its options to decide on the way forward.