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George Lee is back

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

George Lee, of the People's National Party (PNP) rose from political retirement to defeat incumbent Keith Hinds in the Portmore municipality, which directly elects its mayor.

Lee polled 15,011 votes to Hinds' 8,287, with independent candidate Alrick Davis receiving 216 votes.

It was the second win for Lee, who lost in 2007 to Hinds.

In 2003 Lee became the first mayor to be directly elected polling 8,428 votes to Hinds 7,374. Denzil Taylor, of what was the National Democratic Movement (NDM) was also a contender, as well as Independent candidates Michael Barnett and Alton Duhaney.

Despite an islandwide low voter turnout, voting in the municipality was peaceful, but from early it appeared the PNP support and supporters were dominant at the majority of the nearly 100 polling stations visited by The Gleaner.

Orange hard to miss

It was hard to miss the bright orange colour worn by the Comrades, compared to the handful of supporters seen in the green worn by JLP supporters.

Portmore involves 12-parish council divisions and is represented in the House of Representatives by three PNP Members of Parliament, Fitz Jackson, St Catherine South, Colin Fagan, St Catherine South East and Arnaldo Brown, St Catherine East Central.

Fagan said the party would control the council, because it was a creature of a PNP administration. Jackson said the voters were sensible and their votes were to be respected.