Thursday 1 October, 2020

Crawford back on a canter after Central Manchester magisterial recount

Rhoda Crawford

Rhoda Crawford

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Rhoda Crawford will be the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Central Manchester after once again coming out comfortably victorious at the end of the magisterial recount at the Manchester Parish Court on Monday.

Crawford collected 8,139 ballots to the 6,989 for Peter Bunting of the People’s National Party (PNP), with independent candidate Rohan Chung getting 48 votes.

Crawford defeated Bunting by a margin of 1,150 votes.

Peter Bunting

In the magisterial recount, Crawford lost 53 votes to drop from 8,192 which she had secured at the end of the final Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) count, with Bunting gaining 50 to move up from 6,939, and Chung losing one from the 49 with which he was credited in the EOJ count.

Crawford is expected to be sworn in on Tuesday as the MP for the constituency to serve in the House of Representative for the next five years. It was her first attempt at representational politics.

Chung's legal representative filed for the magisterial recount last week, arguing that some of his objections were ignored when the ballots were being counted by the EOJ; that the returning officer improperly rejected some ballots; and there was an incorrect addition of the number of ballots that were cast for one of the candidates.

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