FACT CHECKER: Simpson Miller off the mark with voting numbers
People's National Party (PNP) President, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was in her element in South West Clarendon on Thursday night declaring that the her party will win five of the six constituencies in the parish in the impending general election.
She particularly highlighted South East Clarendon won by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP’s) Rudyard Spencer in 2011.
"South East Clarendon was shy of only 40 votes to have come in the column for the People's National Party," she said at the PNP's Race Course, Clarendon Mass Meeting.
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
1. According to the Electoral Office of Jamaica, Spencer got 8,843 or 50.1 per cent of the votes.
2. The PNP’s Derrick Lambert got 8,736 or 49.5 per cent.
3. Some 17,665 persons or 50.33 percent of the 35,097 eligible voters cast their ballots in South East Clarendon in 2011.
Based on the data from the Electoral Office of Jamaica, Simpson Miller was wrong when she told Comrades that the PNP lost the South East Clarendon seat by 40 votes. The party’s candidate, Derrick Lambert, actually lost by 107 votes.