MONTEGO BAY, St James — Deputy leader in charge of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council Four, JC Hutchinson, says the performance of his candidates across the western region in Monday’s Local Government Elections, exceeded the expectations of the party.
“I am very pleased, the region did extremely well. As a matter of fact, beyond the expectations of almost everybody,” an elated Hutchinson said.
According to preliminary results across the region, the JLP won six of the nine divisions in the parish of Trelawny; 13 of the 17 in St James; three of the seven in Hanover; five of the 14 in Westmoreland and nine of the 15 in St Elizabeth, while the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) won the others.
Hutchinson said he was particularly happy with the outcome of the polls in the parish of Westmoreland, which has been dominated over the years by the PNP.
In the 2012 Local Government Elections, the then ruling PNP, won all of the divisions in the three constituencies — which are represented by the PNP — in the parish.
On Monday, the JLP took four of the five divisions in the Westmoreland Central constituency, which is represented by the PNP’s Dwayne Vaz.
Interestingly too, the JLP also won the Maroon Town Division, which has been represented by Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris for more than 25 years. Harris’ PNP counterpart in Hanover, Wynter McIntosh, also lost his division.
Harris was beaten by former schoolteacher and banker Everes Coke.
“It just goes to show that a lot of work had been put in by the candidates and the workers,” said Hutchinson, who is also the Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North West, as he lauded the candidates and party workers for a job well done.
“I must congratulate the candidates for the hard work that they have put in, not only those that have won, but those that didn’t come through. Those that didn’t come through did not come through because they had very difficult divisions running, but they also played their part and worked very hard.”