The PNP: Hoisted on its own petard

The PNP: Hoisted on its own petard

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Dear Editor,

People's National Party (PNP) leader Dr Peter Phillips might have a point when he blames polls for the defeat of Damion Crawford in the recent Portland Eastern by-election. But he is blaming the wrong polls.

Less than four weeks before the election the PNP released a poll they had commissioned by Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), which PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson claimed was the leading regional polling organisation.

That poll concluded that Crawford and the PNP were ahead of Ann-Marie Vaz and the Jamaica Labour Party by more than 25 points, a 2:1 majority, with less than four weeks to go.

The head of CADRES said the poll showed that the PNP was going to win the election.

Quite possibly many good Comrades took the party's poll to heart and decided to stay home on election day.

Eliot Penn

Kingston 5

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