Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has pleaded for supporters of both major political parties to maintain calm as the recount of ballots continues, following last week’s general election. With reports of tension in some areas across the island, the prime minister has appealed to supporters of both parties to remain calm. Electoral officials yesterday indicated that the recount of ballots for St Thomas Western was relocated to Kingston as a precautionary measure.
According to Director of Elections Orrette Fisher, the decision was made to move the boxes because scores of political supporters had been gathering at the St Thomas Western venue where the counting had been taking place.
In a release to the media last evening, the prime minister said, “All Jamaicans have a responsibility to ensure that Jamaica’s reputation as a mature democracy is preserved and nothing causes hurt to anyone.”
In the meantime, Dr Horace Chang, general secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has raised concerns about widespread rumours regarding a change in the election results.