Central Manchester declares new member of parliament in massive General Election victory
The Jamaica Labour Party’s newly-elected Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Rhoda Moy Crawford.
By: Suzell Wray
Central Manchester has declared Rhoda Moy Crawford the new member of parliament in a General Election that has seen the Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) being elected a second consecutive term.
The preliminary count has shown that Crawford unseated three-term member of parliament, Peter Bunting, by 985 votes in the country’s 2020 General Election held on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
Independent candidate, Rohan Chung secured 67 votes.
The 31-year-old Manchester native will be representing the home of the Northern Caribbean University when the new government is officially formed.
Meanwhile, in a press release issued by the JLP on the night of the election, the party announced that they secured 49 seats while the People’s National Party (PNP) won the remaining 14 seats, following the preliminary counting of ballots in all 63 constituencies.
It added that the overall voter turnout was approximately 37 per cent compared to 48.37 per cent in the 2016 General Election.
The release stated that on Friday, September 4, 2020, each returning officer is expected to commence the final count of all the ballots for his/her constituency at a designated counting centre.
Holness won against the Leader of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips who will be the first President of the party to fail being elected as a Prime Minister of Jamaica.