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JAMAICA | JLP defeats PNP in Shocking 49-14 victory

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured JLP leader and Prime Minister Andrew Holness, speaking Thursday night following the declaration of victory for the JLP in the general election. JLP leader and Prime Minister Andrew Holness, speaking Thursday night following the declaration of victory for the JLP in the general election.
KINGSTON, September 4, 2020 - In a landslide victory, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, JLP was returned to power in yesterday’s general elections, winning 49 seats to the People’s National Party’s fourteen out of the 63 parliamentary seats that were up for grabs.

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In a shocking defeat, and what could be considered a seismic shift, the PNP lost many of its stalwarts including Peter Bunting who challenged Dr. Peter Phillips for leadership of the PNP causing a major fracture in the party; Vice President Dr. Wykeham McNeil who lost what was considered a safe seat to a virtual unknown; Luther Buchanan who held PJ Patterson’s Eastern Westmoreland seat, Vice President Dr. Fenton Ferguson who had held the seat in Eastern St Thomas for some five terms;  Dr. Dayton Campbell who was being positioned for greater leadership; veteran spokesman on Labour Horace Dalley; Richard Azan in Clarendon; Victor Wright in the PNP bastion of North Trelawny and Imani Duncan-Price in Central Kingston among others.

All the polls had predicted a big win for the JLP as they had indicated an 18-point lead for the JLP. Yesterday’s win marks the first time in 53 years, that the Jamaica Labour Party is winning 2 consecutive contested general elections.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica said the overall voter turnout was approximately 37 per cent, compared to 48.37 per cent in the 2016 General Election.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his victory speech, said while the win is cause for celebration, he carries "this burden with the great consideration of the expectations of not just those who elected us but those who are looking to us..."

"It must never be that the government that emerges from this victory takes on arrogance...takes the people for granted in any way," the JLP leader said. 

Holness said there should be no victimisation, retribution or malice in how the JLP moved forward as it relates to Jamaicans who supported the PNP.

He said  the JLP was very cautious in its approach to receiving the overwhelming majority, Holness said: “It must never be that the Government takes on any characteristic of arrogance. It must never be that this Government takes the people for granted.”

Holness also said he had no intention of dismissing as a spectre the allegations of corruption that shadowed his Administration in its previous stint.

“I raise this in my acceptance speech — this is not a victory speech. In our last Government the narrative of corruption dogged us, and I want to make it very clear because there are many persons who will be assuming State authority... this Government does not stand for corruption,” he said.

"It must never be that the government that emerges from this victory takes on arrogance...takes the people for granted in any way," the JLP leader said. 

Holness congratulated Dr. Phillips for putting up a good fight. He revealed that the PNP leader had called him earlier to concede and was "very sportsman-like and very dignified". 

To PNP supporters, Mr. Holness urged: "Do not feel dejected, join us in celebrating Jamaica's victory." 

Speaking on behalf of the party, PNP Vice President Phillip Paulwell, congratulated the JLP for its huge victory, noting that the loss was shocking. He said the PNP as an opposition would be supportive of the new government and recommended to the JLP the use of a number of its ideas in the PNP’s manifesto which he said were well thought out and would assist the people of Jamaica in going through these rough times.

After he voted in the St Andrew North Eastern constituency,Dr Phillips reminded journalists that he had indicated that he would step down as PNP president, and ultimately member of parliament, if his party lost the election.

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Last modified onFriday, 04 September 2020 06:44
  • Countries: Jamaica