ST JAMES, Jamaica – The Jamaica Labour Party’s Fayval Williams was a short while ago declared the winner of the St Andrew Eastern constituency seat, beating the People’s National Party’s incumbent Andre Hylton by just over 150 votes.
Based on the preliminary results, Williams amassed 7,140 votes to Hylton’s 6,983.
Hylton won the seat by 254 votes in 2011 against a then pregnant JLP candidate Dr Saphire Longmore-Dropinski.
The seat, since it was formed in 1944, has been held by the JLP five times and the PNP six — during the periods 1944 to 1955, and 1976 to present when it regained its name as St Andrew Eastern. KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Labour Party was a short while ago declared the winner of the 2016 general election, after claiming 33 of the 63 constituency seats.The Jamaica Labour Party has now won eight elections to the People's National Party's nine.
The Labourites will now form Jamaica’s new Government, after the People’s National Party only managed to win 30 constituency seats.
The December 2011 election, which resulted in the JLP being voted out of office after just one term, saw a 53 per cent turnout of electors, in which the PNP shocked the nation by capturing 42 of the 63 parliamentary seats. The remainder went to the JLP.
Today’s general election was the 17th since Universal Adult Suffrage in which Jamaicans won the right to vote in 1944 at a time when the country was still under colonial rule.more
Jamaica Labour Party
1944: 22-5-5 (PNP won five seats and independent candidates five)
1949: 17-13- 2 (PNP won 13 seats and independent candidates two)
1983: (PNP did not contest so it was 60-0)
People's National Party
2002: 34-262011: 42-21