JLP Claims Majority of Parishes in Local Elections, PNP Prevails in Five

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has emerged victorious in the majority of municipal corporations across Jamaica following the final tally of ballots from Monday’s local government elections.

According to a statement from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), the JLP secured victories in seven parishes: Portland, St. Thomas, St. Elizabeth, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, and Clarendon.

Meanwhile, the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) claimed victories in five parishes: St. Mary, Hanover, Westmoreland, Manchester, and St. Catherine.

A notable tie occurred in the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), where both the PNP and JLP won 20 divisions each.


However, due to winning the popular vote in the KSAMC, the PNP will have the privilege of selecting the next mayor of Kingston, while the JLP will appoint the deputy mayor.

Portmore, which gained municipality status in 2003, is customarily considered part of the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation by the EOJ.

In Portmore, the mayoral race was won by the PNP.

Overall, the PNP secured victory in the majority of the 228 electoral divisions across the island and also clinched the popular vote, garnering over 312,000 votes, while the JLP received over 289,000 votes.

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