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Local government elections March 26

Published: Thursday February 23, 2012 | 2:24 pm Comments 0
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is hoping to lead her party past the Andrew Holness led JLP- photo illustration
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is hoping to lead her party past the Andrew Holness led JLP- photo illustration
The JLP experienced victory in the 2007 local government polls. In this December 5, 2007 picture former Prime Minister Bruce Golding (centre) is presented with a cake to mark his birthday on the night of the victory- Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
The JLP experienced victory in the 2007 local government polls. In this December 5, 2007 picture former Prime Minister Bruce Golding (centre) is presented with a cake to mark his birthday on the night of the victory- Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica's local government elections are to be held on March 26.


Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement today at a press conference held at Jamaica House.

She also announced that Nomination Day will be held on March 5.

Jamaicans last voted in local government elections on December 5, 2007. Then, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), fresh from its September 3 general election win that year, swept the elections.

The JLP won 133 divisions to the 94 won by the People's National Party (PNP).

The JLP won eight parishes as well as the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.

The JLP's Keith Hinds was also elected Mayor of the municipality of Portmore.

On the other hand, the PNP gained the majority in three parish councils with a tie in St Ann.

The JLP won 272,803 votes to the PNP's 249,369 votes.

The number of divisions which will be contested in the elections have increased from 227 to 228, as a result of boundary changes.

daraine.luton@gleanerjm.com

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