Bruce swearing in…
In just under an hour Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Bruce Golding will be inaugurated as Jamaica’s eighth Prime Minister.
Mr. Golding will be sworn in at King’s House by Governor General Professor Kenneth Hall during a ceremony expected to be attended by several local and foreign dignitaries.
When Orrett Bruce Golding takes the Oath of the Office of Prime Minister this afternoon, he will be the first in recent years to have done so without being conferred with the second highest national honour — the Order of the Nation.
During the campaign leading up to the September 3 election, Mr. Golding said he had no intentions of inheriting the title of Most Honourable that comes with the Order of the Nation.
Yesterday, the chairman of the organising committee for the swearing in ceremony Dr. Oswald Harding made it clear that Mr. Golding would be sticking to his word.
Several dignitaries are expected to be among the 5,000 persons expected to attend today’s swearing in ceremony for Jamaica’s eighth Prime Minister.
They include the Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur, the Secretary General of CARICOM, Dr. Edwin Carrington, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Missick, the vice president of the council of the state of Cuba, Estaban Lazo Hernandez and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago Arnold Piggott.
Former Governor General Howard Cooke, former Prime Ministers Edward Seaga and PJ Patterson and members of the diplomatic corps are also expected to attend.
Power 106 FM will provide live coverage of the swearing in ceremony starting at 4pm.
EOJ on ballot boxes find
The count of two ballot boxes from South East St Mary which were discovered yesterday is to take place today at the Port Maria courthouse in St Mary.
The ballots are those of election day workers who voted in the constituency.
Director of Elections Danville Walker confirmed that an error resulted in the boxes being left behind following the initial count.
Mr. Walker is confident that the outcome of the count will not affect the current seat standing of 33 for the JLP and 27 for the People’s National Party (PNP).
The count is to be observed by Harold Brady of the JLP and Abe Dabdoub and Glen Cruikshank of the PNP.
When the final count of ballots ended last Thursday, the JLP’s Tarn Peralto was declared the winner over the PNP’s Harry Douglas in the constituency.
Mr. Peralto polled 6,969 votes to Mr. Douglas’ 6,935 to win the seat by 34 votes.
The preliminary count on Election Day in South East St. Mary had Mr. Peralto trailing Mr. Douglas by 46 votes.