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JLP’s seat count increases to 49

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on Tuesday (September 15) picked up an additional seat following a magisterial recount conducted in the Westmoreland Eastern constituency.

The additional seat means the ruling party now has 49 seats to the People’s National Party’s (PNP) 14 seats.

Following the end of the recount the JLP’s Daniel Lawrence secured 4,862 votes to Luther Buchanan 4,851 votes; while the independent candidate received 36 votes.

On election night Lawrence polled 4,837 votes to Buchanan’s 4,823.

However, later information emerged that both candidates had polled 4,837 votes, which resulted in a returning officer having to break the tie.

Subsequently a magisterial recount was requested.

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