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Local Government Election Yields Several Upsets

RJR News / There were a number of surprises in Monday’s Local Government election.    The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won 131 divisions to 97 for the People’s National Party (PNP).    Many PNP heavy weights lost. Perhaps the biggest surprise was in the PNP stronghold of Westmoreland where the JLP won five divisions. In the previous election the PNP won all 14.    In St. Ann, the PNP lost one of its strongholds in South Eastern, the Moneague division.    The JLP won a plurality with 805 votes; the independent Vernon Williams who previously supported the PNP won 787 votes; while the PNP’s Lloyd Garrick, who is the outgoing councillor, came third with 777 electors supporting him.    Moneague in St. Ann South East is where the PNP president lashed out some supporters, including those backing Vernon Williams.    The PNP also suffered another major loss in St. Ann, where the mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Desmond Gilmore, lost the Lime Hall Division to the JLP’s Genevor Gordon Bailey.    Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris lost the Maroon Town division in St. James Southern to the JLP’s Everest Coke.    In Portmore, the PNP’s Alrick Campbell lost the Edgewater division to the JLP’s Edris Walters. Ms Walters polled 988 votes to Mr. Campbell’s 955. Former Member of Parliament for St. Elizabeth South Eastern, the PNP’s Richard Parchment lost his attempt to represent the Malvern division after he was defeated by the JLP’s Donald Simpson.    Khajeel Mais’ mother, the PNP’s Alana Mais lost badly in the Norbrook division to the JLP’s Susan Senior.    Meanwhile, Buju Banton’s daughter, Jodi Myrie, of the JLP also lost her bid to represent the Hagley Park division to the PNP’s Nenna Wilson.

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