JTA to facilitate independent ballot recount following controversial President-Elect race

The Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA, is to this week facilitate an independent recount of ballots in this year’s controversial President-Elect race.

That’s according to JTA President, Dr. Mark Nicely. Dr. Nicely says the Association’s General Council, which is its second highest-decision making body, decided to facilitate the independent recount following a meeting on Saturday.

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Dr. Nicely says an announcement should be made by today regarding which entity will preside over the recount.

Dr. Mark Nicely, JTA President, speaking with Nationwide News. The controversy surrounds the closeness of the results of this year’s election.

Preliminary results show that the Principal of Harmon’s Primary in Manchester, Georgia Waugh Richards, won the race, beating her closest rival, Norman Allen, by 83 votes.

However, Mr. Allen, the Principal of Four Paths Primary and Junior High in Clarendon, is challenging the outcome and requested an independent recount.

Mr. Allen has also been granted an injunction by the Supreme Court, barring the JTA from declaring a winner.

The injunction also bars the teacher’s lobby from removing the ballot boxes from the Jamaica Grande Hotel, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.