On Monday, local government elections took place in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
Preliminary results in Jamaica show the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) winning the popular vote and 9 municipal corporations, to the opposing People’s National Party’s (PNP) 3.
In the parish of St. Thomas, the 2 parties tied, taking 5 divisions each, so the JLP will appoint the mayor, and the PNP the deputy mayor.
Prime Minister and leader of the JLP, Andrew Holness called election results a referendum of his government’s performance over the last 9 months, and said “The victory will not be taken for granted.”
While in Trinidad & Tobago, the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) lost the popular vote to the opposition United National Congress (UNC).
Preliminary results show the UNC winning the popular vote with 51% and 12 districts previously held by the PNM.
Overall, the PNM won 8 corporations to the UNC’s 6. The parties tied in the Toco/Sangre Grande Corporation with each winning 4 districts each.
Prime Minister & leader of the PNM, Dr. Keith Rowley called the election a handsome victory, saying his party ‘is very pleased with the results’.
These 2016 local elections are said to have the lowest voter turnout in local election history.