PNP Wins Jamaican Election

In Jamaica the Peoples National Party has won the general elections, the party took an early lead as the  results began to come in.

It will be Portia Simpson- Miller who will lead the country into the New Year.

But what started as an early  lead turned into more than that as the party  pushed past the 30 seat mark whilst the JLP was struggling to break the 20 mark.

Some 63 seats across the island were contested, up from 60 in the last election in 2007. The  competition was between the two major parties the Jamaica Labour Party JLP, led by Andrew Holness and the People’s national party the PNP, led by Portia Simpson – Miller. Independent candidates and representatives of the Marcus Garvey Political Party and the National Democratic Movement also contested the poll.

Unemployment, crime, education and the economy were among the major issues on people’s minds as they went into this vote that saw campaigning before and after the Christmas holiday.

Political parties campaigned to bolster their established support and to appeal, to the don’t know which party to vote for and the don’t know whether they will vote or not.

Both party leaders were hoping to get their first term as an elected prime minister both leaders had taken over from incumbent prime ministers. Portia Simpson – Miller failed in her first bid in 2007 and newly appointed Prime Minister Andrew Holness was taking part in his first election with the possible prize of a mandate from the electorate for him as prime minister. But it was not to be, instead Jamaica’s first woman Prime Minister Portia Simpson – Miller will return to that post this time with an election win behind her.

Commentators  are looking at the quality of the win and if voters voted the party in or the JLP out.

Now as Jamaica approaches its fiftieth year of independence, it is the  PNP that will take the country into the next era of independence and the JLP will return to opposition.

Just as the challenges the nation faced as it  approached independence in 1962 were great, so fifty years on   challenges remain some that relate to a new time and a new generation and others that are fundamental and despite the passage of the years still remain to be addressed.

The new government will have its work cut out for it and the electorate will likely watch to see if the promises of the party will pan out.

 

 

 

PNP takes early lead as Jamaica election results come in.

The oppostition Peoples National Party is taking an early lead as results in the Jamaican general election roll in.

The polls closed at 5 pm and results from polling divisions began coming in after  6pm.

With a number of results declared for a range of constituencies accross  the island, the PNP has  so far won more seats than the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party.  In addition pundits point to the fact that a number of key seats have been gained by the PNP so far.

The  results will continue to come in through the evening and media houses generally find they are able to call a seat when the percentage of boxes counted reaches above the 90 percent mark.  It will be some time before we know whether the early lead will continue or whether there  is a chance that the JLP can catch up and overtake the PNP.