Final Counting of Ballots for General Election 2016

Photo: Michael Sloley Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher (left), responds to questions posed during Monday’s (February 29) media briefing, at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), in Kingston, where he provided an update on the final counting of votes in the February 25 parliamentary elections. Listening keenly is ECJ Chairperson, Dorothy Pine-McLarty.

Story Highlights

  • The conclusion of the count for the constituency of St. Thomas Western on Monday, February 29 marked the final counting of ballots in all 63 constituencies for the 2016 General Election.
  • Of the 63 seats contested, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) holds the majority with 32 and the Peoples National Party (PNP) the remaining 31.
  • The Returning Officers are expected to submit to the Director of Elections the writs of election along with the Form 21, which indicates the winner in each constituency, confirming the overall seats.

The conclusion of the count for the constituency of St. Thomas Western on Monday, February 29 marked the final counting of ballots in all 63 constituencies for the 2016 General Election. Of the 63 seats contested, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) holds the majority with 32 and the Peoples National Party (PNP) the remaining 31.

The Returning Officers are expected to submit to the Director of Elections the writs of election along with the Form 21, which indicates the winner in each constituency, confirming the overall seats. Following the receipt of the returns, the information will be formally communicated to the Governor-General today.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has been summoned to a magisterial recount at the Sutton Street Court for Wednesday, March 2 for the constituency of St Mary South Eastern. This means the Member of Parliament for the constituency will be finalized at the end of the magisterial recount.

The final figures relating to the vote count will be presented once all summary sheets have been handed in by the Returning Officers.

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