In a surprising development, Principal of Four Paths Primary and Junior High School in Clarendon, Norman Allen, was a short while ago declared the winner of the 2014 President-elect race for the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA.

Mr. Allen won by 179 votes.

This, following today’s recount of ballots by the Electoral Office of Jamaica, EOJ.

JTA President, Dr. Mark Nicely, told Nationwide News the outcome of the recount moments ago.

Dr Nicely says based on the results, Mr Allen should now be declared President-elect for the 2014/2015 conference year.

However, he says the initial winner, Georgia Waugh Richards, has indicated she’ll be challenging the outcome of today’s results.

Dr. Mark Nicely, JTA President, speaking a short while ago with Nationwide News.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica presided over the recount, which was witnessed by senior JTA officials and representatives of the five candidates.

The independent recount was announced after the Principal of Four Paths Primary and Junior High School in Clarendon, Norman Allen, who finished second based on a preliminary count, challenged the results. He’d lost by 83 votes.

He subsequently obtained a court injunction, barring the removal of the ballot boxes from the hotel until a recount was done.

The winner will be known as the president-elect and will take over the leadership of the JTA in August next year.

Mrs Waugh Richards had initially been announced the winner by 83 votes.

She received 6,079 votes to Allen’s 5,996 votes.

Over 15-thousand votes were cast in the election.