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PNP describes reopening of ballot boxes as ‘strange’, calls for probe

The People’s National Party (PNP) is calling for an urgent investigation following the reopening of ballot boxes by the local representatives of the Electoral Office of Jamaica in North Western Clarendon.

A magisterial recount was scheduled for next week, following the final count which showed that Jamaica Labour Party’s s Phillip Henriques polled 83 votes more than the PNP’s Richard Azan.

According to the PNP, their candidate Richard Azan was advised today that he needed to attend the EOJ office to witness the replacement of contents into the boxes.

The PNP said it was very unusual ahead of the magisterial recount, and particularly so where the constituency recorded an equally unusual 1,107 rejected ballots in last week’s general election.

According to PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson the magisterial recount may have been compromised and this unusual occurrence is a very serious matter that demands urgent attention and resolution in the event that it is the work of anyone who would seek to interfere with the will of the people for their own purposes.

The Party said that this matter must be thoroughly investigated and the democratic process secured.

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