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JLP wants to make New Market a test case

Councillor Cyril Martin (centre) is greeted by happy People’s National Party supporters after the New Market magisterial
recount on Wednesday evening.

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — The leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in St Elizabeth says a decision to take the result of the March 26 parish council election in the parish's New Market Division to the Appeals Court will help to provide a clearer path for electoral practice in Jamaica. At the core of the ...more

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  • Warren to announce political future next week

    Thursday, April 05, 2012
    LORRIMERS, Trelawny — FORMER Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Deputy Mayor of Falmouth Steve Warren is to announce his plans for his political future by next week, following his humiliating defeat in ...more

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  • PNP councillor wins by two votes in magisterial recount

    Thursday, April 05, 2012
    BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — The magisterial recount of the March 26 local government election in the New Market Division of north west St Elizabeth increased the majority of the People's Nationa ...more

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  • George Lee: 'Mr Portmore' is back!

    Sunday, April 01, 2012
    AT the time of his birth in 1939, George Lee's future role as a leader was foretold by the village prophetess who also advised his parents to name him 'Emmanuel', meaning "leader of men". Could the o ...more

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  • Development a priority for two-time Portmore mayor

    Sunday, April 01, 2012
    NEW Mayor of Portmore George Lee is eagerly awaiting his second swearing-in as Mayor of Portmore, at a ceremony tentatively set for Tuesday, April 3. Lee destroyed former mayor and Jamaica Labour Par ...more

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  • ‘Bitter medicine’ caused JLP loss

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    Dear Editor, The JLP and political analysts have suggested several reasons for the massive JLP defeat in both the general and local government elections. However, I submit that the significant reaso ...more

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  • Triumphant Daren Powell anxious to serve

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An elated Daren Powell says he is now eagerly looking forward to political representation having triumphed in yesterday’s parish council contest for the Malvern ...more

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  • One vote! PNP takes New Market Division by slimmest of margins

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Cyril Martin has taken the New Market parish council division in North West St Elizabeth by a single ballot, defeating ...more

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  • Independent willing to serve as mayor of Falmouth

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    LORRIMERS, Trelawny — Winning independent candidate Paul Patmore has made it clear he will not be joining either the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) or the People’s National Party (PNP) which b ...more

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  • Low voter turnout marks local polls

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    WHILE voter turnout has been traditionally low for Local Government Elections, long-serving workers at polling stations throughout East, Central and West Kingston constituencies said participation in ...more

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  • Two independents win in the west

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    MONTEGO BAY, St James — Independent candidates Lester Crooks and Paul Patmore won the Riverside Division in Hanover and the Lorrimers Division in Trelawny, respectively, as the ruling People's N ...more

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  • PNP AGAIN! Governing party thumps JLP in Local Gov't Elections

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    THE ruling People's National Party (PNP) demolished the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in yesterday's Local Government Elections, taking 12 of the 13 parish councils, among them the prized King ...more

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  • PHOTOS: Local Gov't Election scenes

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    1. This young man outfits his motorcycle with the PNP colour — orange — as he rides in front a car carrying a candidate for his party on Red Hills Road yesterday. (Photos: Joseph Wellingto ...more

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  • Parties hustle to get voters out amidst light showers

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    BUFF BAY, Portland — Representatives of the two major political parties were seen hustling to get voters to polling stations just after 3:00 pm yesterday as low voter turnout was the hallmark of ...more

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  • Holness intends to stay on as leader, despite defeats

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness last night indicated that he intends to stay on as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), despite two consecutive election losses to the ruling People's Nati ...more

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  • JLP concedes defeat

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness conceded defeat in today’s Local Government Elections at a news conference at JLP headquarters in Kingston a short while ago. Official results are not ...more

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  • PNP already celebrating

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    People’s National Party (PNP) officials are already declaring an unofficial victory in today’s Local Government Elections. Although all the results are not yet in, deputy general secretar ...more

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  • Low voter turnout irks Lloyd B Smith

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    MONTEGO BAY, St James — Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Lloyd B Smith has expressed disappointment at the low voter turn out in today's Local Government polls. He says both the r ...more

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  • Low key day of voting in St Elizabeth as polls close

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – As closing time approached reports from across St Elizabeth suggested very slow voting in today’s parish council election. Indications were that those who voted ...more

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  • 25% voter turnout

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    WITH just under two hours before the close of the polls in the local government elections now underway the Electoral Office of Jamaica is reporting a 24.9 per cent voter turnout as at 3:00 pm this aft ...more

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  • Buchanan predicts PNP sweep of Westmoreland

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Luther Buchanan, the People’s National Party (PNP) deputy general secretary in charge of field operations is this afternoon predicting another clean sweep of ...more

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  • VIDEO: We need support for local government reform-Portia Simpson Miller

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller wants her ruling People's National Party (PNP) to score a convincing win in Monday's local government election, in order that crucial local government reform can b ...more

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  • Slow voting in St Elizabeth

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – It was all quiet up to early afternoon in St Elizabeth as Jamaicans voted for their parish council representatives. Reports from across the parish suggested very slow ...more

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  • Slow but steady voting in North Central St Andrew

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    VOTING has been slow but steady in North Central St Andrew. Electors have been trickling in across the different polling stations for the two divisions, Norbrook and Whitehall, according to JLP and P ...more

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  • Low voter turnout in Portland so far

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    Only a few persons turned out to cast their vote in areas such as Hope Bay, Orange Bay, Buff Bay, Windsor Castle and Hart Hill. This is in contrast to last week when there was a high turnout of elect ...more

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  • Streets of Mandeville uneventful for Local Government Election

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    MANDEVILLE, Manchester- Up to midday the atmosphere on the streets of Mandeville was that of a regular business day. Party colours were few and far between and none of the fanfare that was seen in th ...more

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  • EOJ probes police barring of media from polling stations

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    THE Electoral Office Of Jamaica has launched an investigation into reports that media have been denied entry to some polling stations in sections of St Catherine Central Constituency. The incidents h ...more

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  • Voting slow in Portia’s stronghold

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    VOTING in the three divisions of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s South West St Andrew constituency was uncharacteristically slow in today's local government election, officials have said. ...more

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  •  Lower than normal voter turnout for West Kingston

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    ALTHOUGH few persons adorned in their green Jamaica Labour Party shirts dotted the streets in some sections of West Kingston, voter turnout is said to be no where as close to what it has been previou ...more

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  • Election day workers out number voters in Hanover

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    RIVERSIDE, Hanover- Election workers and security personnel outnumbered voters across the seven divisions in Hanover as voting progressed in the Local Government Elections today. Election officials r ...more

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  • Police bar Observer team from St Richard's polling station

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    A police inspector this morning barred the Observer news team from entering the compound of the St Richard's Primary school, on Red Hills Road, St Andrew to capture Local Government Election activitie ...more

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  • Anderson confident of Brown's Town victory

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    The former People's National Party incumbent for the Brown's Town Division in St Ann is seeking to become the first independent candidate in the St Ann Parish Council. Anderson who was expelled from ...more

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  • VIDEO: Mosquitoes sucking Portmore's blood

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    THE chronic mosquito problem in Portmore St Catherine, has again come to the fore even as candidates battle for the high profile position of Mayor of Portmore. Speaking with reporters this morning in ...more

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  • Over 99 per cent of polling stations opened on time

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    Of the 6,630 polling stations, 57 stations  were opened between 7:01 am and 7:30 am, with 3 being opened between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Voter turnout has so far been reportedly low and there have bee ...more

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  • Temporary disruption at Calabar, Trelawny

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    Voting was temporarily disrupted at the Calabar Basic School in North Trelawny where Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)  supporters called for the closing down of the polling station after a misunderstan ...more

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  • Heavy Security at Rae Town

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    AT first glance there seemed hardly any need for the heavily armed soldiers and police personnel who stood guard at the Holy Family Primary School on HighHolborn Street in Central Kingston as very few ...more

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  • More election day workers than voters in St Catherine

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    The candidates are incumbent Mayor Keith Hinds of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP),George Lee of the People's National Party (PNP) and independent candidate Alrick Davis. Hinds cast his ballot a short ...more

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  • Slow start to voting in St Ann

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    Several polling stations visited in the Ocho Rios and Exchange divisions in the constituency revealed no long lines or crowd of voters. At Ocho Rios Primary school where 14 polling stations are locat ...more

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  • Jamaicans urged to go out and vote

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    JAMAICANS are being urged to go out and vote in the Local Government Elections today, and make their voices be heard on issues concerning local governance. "It's a participatory process and community ...more

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  • For parish councils to remain relevant...

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    CONVENTIONAL wisdom is that the ruling People's National Party (PNP) — fresh from its surprisingly large victory margin in the December 29, 2011 parliamentary election — will easily carry ...more

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  • Youngest local govt candidate confident of victory today

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    NOT only is 20-year-old Andre Stephens the youngest candidate contesting a seat on the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) ticket in today's local Government Elections, but this University of the West Indi ...more

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  • Voting time again! - JLP, PNP confident of victory

    Monday, March 26, 2012
    JAMAICANS head to the polls today for the second time in three months, to cast their ballots for local government representatives in 228 divisions across 63 constituencies. A total of 478 candidates ...more

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