Friday 24 May, 2019

MP-elect, Ann-Marie Vaz, likely to be sworn in on Tuesday

Ann-Marie Vaz

Ann-Marie Vaz

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Ann-Marie Vaz is likely to be sworn in as the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Portland on Tuesday, after having defeated the People's National Party's (PNP) Damion Crawford at the polls in the by-election for the constituency's on Thursday.

The final count on Saturday evening at Port Antonio High School had both candidates increasing the votes tallied for them, with Vaz now winning by 319 votes. A total of 9,989 voters chose Vaz, with 9,611 going for Crawford, and 75 ballots being rejected.

Both Vaz and Crawford were present for the final count.

On Thursday, at the end of the preliminary count at the same venue, Vaz had recorded 9,917 votes to Crawford's 9,611, for a margin of 306.

With the final count out the way, according to the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), the entity responsible for elections in Jamaica, Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, and the clerk to the Houses of Parliament, will be informed after the results are received from the returning officer for the constituency.

Once all that is done and there are no further challenges, Vaz is likely to take her seat in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, of the 36,315 individuals on the voters’ list for the constituency, 19,734 cast ballots in Thursday's by-election, which was a voter turnout of 54.3 per cent, an improvement compared to that of the last general elections in 2016, which had 43.9 per cent voter turnout.

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield of the PNP won the seat by over 2,000 votes then. But he was found stabbed to death at his home in Passley Gardens, Portland in February, which resulted in the by-election.

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