#EastPortlandBattle| Final count completed, gives Vaz slightly higher victory margin
The final count by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has given the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Ann-Marie Vaz a slightly higher margin of victory in Thursday’s Portland Eastern by-election.
Further, the EOJ says after receiving the results from the returning officer for the constituency, the Director of Elections will advise Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and the Clerk to the Houses of Parliament of the winning candidate.
The final count was completed earlier this evening at the Port Antonio High School with both Vaz and her People’s National Party (PNP) challenger Damion Crawford increasing their tally of votes when compared with the preliminary count.
It showed that Vaz received 9,989 votes, 319 more than the 9,670 votes polled by Crawford.
At the end of the preliminary count on Thursday Vaz had 9,917 votes to 9,611 for Crawford, for a 306-vote margin of victory.
The EOJ says 75 ballots were rejected.
It says 19,734 of the 36,315 eligible electors voted in the by-election, representing a voter turnout of 54.3 per cent.
The turnout for the 2016 general elections was 43.9 per cent, the EOJ said.