Vaz, Crawford pick up more votes
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 last Thursday’s East Portland by-election.
The final count, which was completed on Saturday 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 election was 43.9 per cent, the EOJ said.