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Stewart ponders next move after recount confirms election defeat

Published: Friday January 13, 2012 | 9:07 am with audio | Comments 0

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Defeated People’s National Party candidate for East Central St James, Cedric Stewart, is to decide in the coming days whether to continue his legal challenge of the election result in the constituency.

This comes after a magisterial recount of the ballots cast in the constituency confirmed the Jamaica Labour Party’s Edmund Bartlett as the winner.

At the end of the recount last evening, Bartlett polled 6,382 votes to 6,208 for Stewart.

Independent candidate Richard Scott got 22 votes.

Stewart had filed the election petition requesting the recount after claiming that there were irregularities in a number of polling divisions which disenfranchised hundreds of voters.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last evening, Stewart’s attorney, Clayton Morgan, said in the next 14 days he will meet with his client to analyse the outcome of the recount before deciding the next move.

Admitting that he did not expect the recount to overturn the result in the constituency, Morgan said he is convinced that Stewart has a compelling case to go to the Supreme Court to have the election results declared null and void:

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Clayton Morgan, one of the lawyers for People’s National Party’s East Central St James candidate, Cedric Stewart
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