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Close contest for Kintyre

Published:Tuesday | March 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

IF THE results of the December 29 general election are anything to go by, then the Kintyre division in East Rural St Andrew will be one of the most closely contested races in the March 26 local government polls.

The division was tied in the general election with the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Joan Gordon Webley and the People's National Party's (PNP) Damion Crawford both polling 1,776 votes in the division.

With the focus now turned on the local government polls, both parties are digging in, hoping to pull out the extra vote which could determine the outcome.

Francisco Bonner, the sitting councillor and JLP candidate, is unperturbed about his chances of being returned.

"This election is somewhat different in that the last election we had a JLP member of parliament in place and it was much easier," Bonner told The Gleaner.

"Nevertheless, for this election, I expect to come out the victor."

Sure of support

Artnell Findley, the PNP's candidate for the division, said he expected his party's supporters would come out to ensure a win

"I don't think the JLP will have the same zeal, and if we both have the same zeal it is going to be very marginal and can only be called on election night," he said.

Bonner said that since the general election, he has been going house to house and keeping close to the voters in Kintyre.

Findley, however, said he was clear on what needs to be done to win the seat.

"I have also been doing a lot of work on the ground ... . I am popular in the division where that is concerned and I expect their support."

He said that from now until election day, his campaign would be motivating PNP supporters to come out.