Wednesday 30 September, 2020

East Westmoreland magisterial recount to go into third day on Monday

Daniel Lawrence of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) left, and Luther Buchanan of the People's National Party (PNP).

Daniel Lawrence of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) left, and Luther Buchanan of the People's National Party (PNP).

Following the first two days of the Eastern Westmoreland magisterial recount, the major highlight was Friday's discovery of a ballot that was intended for the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) candidate, Daniel Lawrence, in an envelope for the People's National Party (PNP) incumbent, Luther Buchanan.

The exercise is set to go into a third day on Monday.

After the first two days of the magisterial recount, with 52 of the 117 boxes remaining to be counted, Lawrence was awarded 18 of the previously rejected ballots, and Buchanan nine.

The seat was declared in favour of Buchanan by one vote after a tie breaker last Sunday, September 6, a day after the completion of the final count.

Lawrence was initially declared the winner of the seat after the preliminary count of ballots for the constituency in the September 3 General Elections in which he polled 4,831 votes, eight more than Buchanan's 4,823.

However, after the official count on Saturday, September 5, both candidates were tied on 4,834 votes.

The following day, the presiding officer cast a ballot in favour of Buchanan after the PNP's candidate's name was randomly selected from a ballot box in which both candidates name were placed on two blank pieces of paper.

A legal team representing Lawrence subsequently file for a magisterial recount, which got under way on Friday.

The magisterial recount continues for a third day on Monday, following Sunday's break.

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