Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tion facts

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

June 28, 1966, saw the first lo­cal govern­ment bal­lots be­ing cast since Ja­maica gained in­de­pen­dent sta­tus. There were 407,997 reg­is­tered vot­ers. This re­flected a de­cline of 50.21 per cent in the pre­vi­ous lo­cal govern­ment vot­ers list­ing. The year 1960 saw 819,459 reg­is­tered vot­ers.

The year 1966 also saw the clos­est lo­cal govern­ment polls. The JLP cap­tured the ma­jor­ity of seats to­talling 117 to the PNP’s 92. The PNP won the ma­jor­ity of the parishes in the parish coun­cils. The so­cial­ist party se­cured ma­jori­ties in six of the 12 parishes in­volved, while the JLP won five. One parish was tied.

Lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions are con­sti­tu­tion­ally due ev­ery three years. How­ever, most have been met with dras­tic de­lays. The elec­tions have been held four times prior to in­de­pen­dence and 11 times there­after, mak­ing this the 16th lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

The last lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, held on March 26, 2012, saw the PNP se­cur­ing a land­slide vic­tory by win­ning 151 di­vi­sions to the Ja­maica Labour Party’s 75, in ad­di­tion to the may­or­ship of Portmore. The re­sults saw the PNP hold­ing ma­jori­ties in 12 of the 13 parish coun­cils, with the 13th coun­cil, Trelawny, be­ing tied by the two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties with one elected in­de­pen­dent can­di­date. It was de­cided by the in­de­pen­dent can­di­date that the may­or­ship of Fal­mouth, the cap­i­tal of Trelawny, would be awarded to the PNP, with the JLP re­ceiv­ing the deputy mayor po­si­tion.

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