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Vote counting begins in JTA presidential elections

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Central Executive of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), has started counting ballots cast in arguably one of the most controversial presidential elections in recent years.




Five candidates are battling for the right to represent one of the most powerful public sector unions in Jamaica.



Counting is taking place at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann.



Over 24,000 teachers were eligible to vote in the June 17-21 elections.



The winner will become the president for the 2014-2015 period.



The five candidates include, Anne Geddes-Nelson, Francis Malcolm and Stevie Williams.



Also running for president are Winnie Anderson Brown and former president, Doran Dixon.



The results are expected to be announced this afternoon.



Current president, Clayton Hall will step down in August and Dr Mark Nicely will take over as president for the 2013-2014 period.



The lead up to the elections was dominated by an internal issue after the JTA withdrew Dixon’s candidacy because he refused to apologise for his mongrel dog comments directed at the education minister.



The JTA reinstated Dixon after the Mico University College lecturer threatened to take the matter to court.



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