Vaz, 53, created history in becoming the first woman member of parliament for the constituency in 75 years of universal adult suffrage. She replaces the PNP’s Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, a two-term member of parliament, who was murdered earlier in the year.
Her husband Daryl Vaz, is the member of parliament for the neighbouring West Portland constituency.
The Director of Elections Glasspole Brown said the voter turnout was 53.7 per cent, a 22 per cent jump, or almost 10 percentage point rise, on the 43.93 per cent of electors who voted in the 2016 general election. A total of 36,315 people were on the voters’ list.
The People’s National Party standard bearer 38 year old Damion Crawford who was parachuted into the seat in early March after the February 2 murder of then incumbent Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, was able to garner a 12 per cent increase, or 1,005 more ballots, on the 8,606 notched by Bloomfield in 2016. 1.57 per cent difference.
This was the highest number of votes ever garnered by a PNP Candidate in the constituency.
Vaz, a political neophyte, increased the JLP’s turnout in East Portland by 3,587 votes, a more than a 50 per cent increase on the 6,330 ballots polled by the JLP's Derron Wood in the 2016 general election.
Yesterday’s victory has broken the 30 year stronghold the PNP has had on east Portland while increasing the government’s parliamentary majority to 34 to the PNP's 29.
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