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Some councillors to be sworn in today

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:44 AM

Candidates who were successful in last week’s local government elections are to be sworn in as councillors today.

Under the law, the councillors should have been sworn in last week Thursday.

However, minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, said the ceremonies were pushed back to today to allow the Electoral Office of Jamaica enough time to complete the final count of ballots.

However, not all 228 Councillors are expected to be sworn in today.

Yesterday, the People’s National Party issued a release indicating that it had arrived at an agreement with the Jamaica Labour Party to put off the swearing-in of councillors of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC).

It says this is due to the pending Magisterial Recount for the Rae Town Division which is to begin on Monday.

The PNP notes that the results of the Rae Town Magisterial Recount will determine which party leads the KSAC.

If the JLP wins the recount, they maintain their 21-19 majority over the PNP, and elect the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.

However, if the PNP wins the recount, there would be a 20-20 tie in seats between both parties and the PNP would select the mayor based on the fact that it won the popular vote and the JLP the deputy chairperson.