06 Dec Rae Town Magisterial Re-Count: KSAC Leadership Hangs in the Balance
Kingston, Jamaica – December 5, 2016: People’s National Party (PNP) supporter Wendy McGlashan submitted documents to the Sutton Street Court House this morning requesting a Magisterial Recount for the Rae Town Division of the Central Kingston constituency. Ms. McGlashan, an elector of Rae Town, was part of the team at the final count held at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) on November 29, 2016. McGlashan noted in her affidavit that “during the counting process I observed numerous instances where the Returning Officer rejected ballots cast in favour of the PNP Candidate, Shawn McGregor, where the voters indicated their intention by way of a tick or multiple X’s”. This led to the result with Rosalee Hamilton elected Councillor over Shawn McGregor by 21 votes. With PNP Candidate McGregor having the majority of the 68 rejected votes, McGlashan was passionate that this result was incorrect and unjust to the people of Rae Town and ought to be corrected.
On submitting the documents today, the Sutton Street Court Clerk set the hearing for Monday, December 12, 2016. The Court Bailiff has the summons for the EOJ and other parties in hand and will serve them at the soonest possible time.
A PNP victory in the Rae Town Magisterial Recount would lead to a 20-20 overall count within the KSAC for the JLP and the PNP. In the case of a tie, per the Local Governance Act 2016, the election of Chairman (formerly known as the Mayor) of the KSA Municipal Corporation would go to the political party with the most number of votes in the overall area. As the KSAC overall was won by the PNP by more than 4100 votes the election of the leader of the KSAC would go accordingly. The Deputy Mayor would be elected by the JLP.
The PNP eagerly awaits the results of the Magisterial Recount for the Rae Town Division.