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Clarke sworn in as MP St Andrew NW

Thursday, March 08, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Newly elected Member of Parliament for St Andrew North West, Dr Nigel Clarke, was sworn in this afternoon at Gordon House.

This follows conclusion of the final count for the constituency from the March 5 by-election, which was won by Dr Clarke for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Final count of the ballots showed that Dr Clarke, a mathematician and business executive gained 4,457 votes (61 per cent) to 2,809 (38 per cent) for the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) candidate Keisha Hayle, a teacher. One per cent of the votes, 71 ballots, were rejected as spoilt.

The voter turnout was 24 per cent (7,337) of the 30, 216 electors on the voters’ list.

The by-election became necessary following the resignation for health reasons of former Leader of the House of Representatives, Derrick Smith, who represented the constituency for the previous 29 years.

OBSERVER ONLINE understands that Jacqueline Lewis, the successful candidate for the PNP in the Local Government by-election held on the same day in the Norman Gardens division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), will be sworn in next Tuesday when the KSAMC holds its monthly council meeting for March.

Lewis polled 2,065 votes (93 per cent) to 124 (six per cent) for her JLP rival Headley Wilson. There were 31 rejected ballots, and a voter turnout of 16 per cent of the 13,517 registered electors.

The division was formerly represented by Angela Brown Burke, who currently represents the St Andrew South Western seat in the House of Representatives.

Balford Henry