KINGSTON – The main opposition Jamaica Labor Party won last week’s general election in the Caribbean island nation, the Electoral Office said Tuesday at the conclusion of the official recount.
The final tally leaves the JLP with 32 seats in the 63-member parliament, compared with 31 seats for the incumbent People’s National Party.
However, the JLP has filed a writ for a magisterial recount in St. Mary South Eastern, arguing that votes for its candidate, Norman Dunn, which were accepted in the preliminary counting, were disallowed in the recount even as ballots for the PNP’s Winston Green were improperly accepted.
Hours before the recount concluded, the Electoral Office hosted a press conference at which Director of Elections Orrette Fisher said he was hoping to be able to advise the governor-general of the results of the Feb. 25 poll by Wednesday.
Once the final results are submitted, Governor-General Patrick Allen can swear-in JLP leader Andrew Holness as prime minister.
The inauguration will take place Thursday, provided the PNP does not request magisterial recounts in any seats won by the JLP.