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JLP team ready to take charge in St Bess

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJermaine Jeffery
JLP supporters celebrate on Local Government Election night.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) machinery in St Elizabeth, which is still basking in its success in last week's local government elections, is now gearing up to take charge of the municipal corporation (formerly parish council) following the swearing-in ceremony.

"I believe we did extremely well and all the candidates must be congratulated, even those who tried their best, but did not win," said J.C. Hutchinson, the deputy chairman of the JLP's Area Council Four. "We are now looking forward to serving the people as best we can."

In a fashion similar to what unfolded in the general election earlier this year, which saw the JLP winning three of the four parliamentary seats in the parish, the party was again rampant in the local government elections, winning even divisions that were considered as solid PNP safe seats, as they won nine of the 15 parish council divisions

The Brompton division, which has been in the PNP's column since 1981, was one of the party's surprise wins. In that contest, the JLP's Whitney Smith wrested the seat away from the PNP's incumbent, Sandra White, by a margin of 353 votes. Smith polled 1754 votes to White's 1401.

With the elections and recounts now out of the way, the newly elected JLP councillors are ready to take their seats in the chambers of the St Elizabeth Municipal Corporation. They are slated to be sworn in this Thursday.

"After discussions with our staff and other officials of the parish council and the councillors, a decision was taken to have the inauguration on Thursday, December 8 at 12:00 noon at the parish council's conference room," said Michael McLean, the communication and outreach manager for the corporation. "Plans are in high gear as everything is now in place to facilitate the swearing-in ceremony."