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#EastPortlandBattle | Polls now closed

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 4:48 PM

The polls are now closed in the hotly-contested Portland Eastern by-election.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) earlier reported that the 127 polling stations across 49 voting locations opened on time at 7:00 a.m.

At 11 o’ clock, the voter turnout was 25.28 per cent, the EOJ reported.

That increased to 47.32 per cent as at 3:00 p.m.

The EOJ noted that the turnout between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for the constituency in the 2016 General Election was 34.84 per cent.

There are 36,315 registered voters in the constituency.

A by-election was called following the murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield in February.

Today’s face-off is between the People’s National Party (PNP) Damion Crawford and the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Ann-Marie Vaz.

Portland Eastern has been held by the PNP for the last 30 years.

A win for the JLP will break that stronghold as well as increase the government’s parliamentary majority to 34 to the PNP's 29.

Currently, the JLP holds 33 seats to the PNP's 30.

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