Election by coin toss in Jamaica

With the Labor Party's Hugh Anthony Bryan leading by one vote in a local Annotto Bay election in Jamaica in June 2003, People's National Party candidate Patrick White demanded a recount. After the count, the vote was tied. Bryan was not pleased. He was even less pleased when he lost the election. "The returning officer," he explained, "decided to flip a coin that gave it to the People's National Party."

[Director of Elections Danville Walker explained that allowances are made, by law, for such decisions. The returning officer is in fact able to cast the deciding ballot, but usuaslly elects to flip a coin in the interests of fairness.]

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