KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 5, 2019 (CMC) – The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) captured the seat in the constituency of Portland Eastern in a by-election, yesterday, ending its 30-year political drought in the electoral division.
The JLP’s Ann Marie Vaz, who went up against the main opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) Damion Crawford secured 9,917 votes to Crawford’s 9,611.
With this victory, Vaz will be the first female member of parliament for Portland Eastern. She will also join her husband, Daryl, who is the member of parliament for the Portland Western constituency.
The PNP had held the Portland Eastern seat since February 9, 1989. In the last general election, in 2016, the opposition party had won the seat by more than 2,000 votes, receiving 8,606 votes to the JLP’s 6,330.
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), says in this by-election there were 36,215 eligible voters in the five electoral divisions of Portland Eastern, and the polls closed with a 53.5 percent voter turnout.
Portland Eastern was left vacant, following the murder of the PNP’s Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield on February 2.