Eyes on St Andrew Eastern


Eyes on St Andrew Eastern

Friday, November 15, 2019

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Dear Editor,

In the politics of the United States of America a purple state is a swing state, meaning it can go to either major party in any given election. One of the constituencies in Jamaica that fits this criteria is St Andrew Eastern. It is currently held by the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Fayval Williams. That feeling might have been wonderful on the night of February, 25, 2016, but defending it will be an entirely different prospect.

Had the People's National Party (PNP) won the seat, the same would apply.

Since 1993, the margin of victory for a winning candidate has been less than five per cent. See table.

The PNP does not need to win this seat to become the Government, but the JLP needs it.

The added responsibility of being a full Cabinet member must be weighing down on the Member of Parliament. The Science, Energy and Technology Ministry consumes the majority of her time, I imagine.

Maybe the JLP team in St Andrew Eastern is busy doing constant engagement and enumeration. They need to spend more time in this seat and less time in St Catherine South Eastern trying to help Robert Miller.

Juliet Holness's organisational talents should be utilised in this constituency.

What is the update on the UWI Mona Commons lands which were “taken over” by squatters? Has anyone heard from the Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern on this?

Watching to see how this seat swings come next election.

Watcher on the wall

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