Local Government Election facts
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.