KINGSTON, Jamaica; A total of 489 candidates were nominated to contest the Local Government Elections scheduled for November 28. This includes 487 candidates vying for seats in the 228 Electoral Divisions island-wide and two candidates for the seat of Mayor in the Municipal Election in Portmore.
Both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) have each entered a full slate of candidates to contest the polls in 228 Electoral Divisions and one each in the Portmore Municipal Election. The PNP’s Leon Thomas and the JLP’s Keith Blake have been nominated to contest the mayoral election.
Thirty-one (31) other candidates were nominated to contest the elections in 24 Divisions as independent candidates and representatives of the Marcus Garvey People’s Political Party (MGPPP) and the National Democratic Movement (NDM).
Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher was pleased with the nomination proceedings and the fact that the day was incident-free.
“As anticipated, the nomination process across the island proceeded smoothly. Thankfully, we did not receive any reports of any incidents that were related to or affected the nomination process. Our focus now at the Electoral Office is to get all our systems in place for Election Day. This involves the assigning of symbols to independent candidates and producing draft templates for each ballot to ensure accuracy before embarking on full scale printing,” he said.