The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will today establish a clear three-seat majority in Parliament when Dr Norman Dunn takes the oath of allegiance in Gordon House, following his convincing win in the October 30 by-election in St Mary South East.
Dunn defeated the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Dr Shane Alexis in a controversial race that drew national attention.
When Dunn takes his seat in Gordon House, the JLP will have 33 members of parliament to the PNP’s 30. Previously, the JLP had a one-seat majority.
Speaking yesterday, Dunn said he was looking forward to acquainting himself with parliamentary procedures.
The new parliamentarian said his family and representatives from his constituency will be in attendance today when he takes the oath.
Dr. Norman Dunno defeated the PNP Dr. Shane Alexis by over 1100 votes in the recent by elections.
The swearing in of Dr. Dunn now raises the seat count to 33 for the JLP and 30 for the PNP, giving prime minister Andrew Holness more breathing room to govern. Previously the JLP only had a one seat majority in the Nations Parliament.
At the same time, the PNP’s Mark Golding and Angela Brown Burke will also take the oath of allegiance, joining the ranks of opposition lawmakers in the Lower House, having both served in the Senate for about five years.
Golding will take his seat as member of parliament for St Andrew South, while Brown Burke will represent the people of St Andrew South West.
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