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  • New Cassia Park councillor to be sworn in today

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    It will be the fourth term for Prince, representing the very same Cassia Park division. She has never lost the division, but lost her seat in the council in 2012 after she switched to the Hagley Park ...more

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  • A look at the most competitive states in the race

    Monday, November 05, 2012
    The designations are based on an Associated Press analysis and are not intended to predict the outcome of Tuesday's election. Rather, they are meant to provide a snapshot of a race that has been stubb ...more

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  • Obama takes aim at Ryan

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012
    IOWA, USA (AFP) — President Barack Obama took aim at his Republican rival's newly announced running mate yesterday, accusing Paul Ryan of blocking help for farmers during a swing through drought ...more

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  • PJ's magic behind PNP victory

    Sunday, January 15, 2012
    PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) officials credit a stronger machinery, more effective communication programme and "better leader" for the party's 42-21 seat victory in the December 29, 2011 general elec ...more

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  • Incumbent JLP MP retains East Central St James seat

    Saturday, January 14, 2012
    CAMBRIDGE, St James — Former tourism minister Edmund Bartlett retained the East Central St James seat for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) after a magisterial recount, which ended Thursday night. ...more

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  • G2K's Seiveright denies resignation rumours

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) youth affiliate Generation 2000 (G2K) Delano Seiveright has denied reports that he is to step down from his post in what is said to be a fallout from the JL ...more

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  • KSAC fires worker who contested poll

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    THE Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has fired Ann-Marie Evadne Thomas, the procurement officer who unsuccessfully contested the St Andrew South West constituency seat in the December 29 gene ...more

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  • Andrew Gallimore leaving politics

    Thursday, January 05, 2012
    FORMER Jamaica Labour Party member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew, Andrew Gallimore, has confirmed that he has tendered his resignation as chairman of the constituency. Gallimore was beaten i ...more

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  • New Western MPs plan big

    Thursday, January 05, 2012
    MONTEGO BAY, St James — ECONOMIC development and social agenda top the list of priorities on the agendas of the western region's first-time members of Parliament. Members of Parliament-elect Ll ...more

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  • PNP files for magisterial recount in East Central St James

    Thursday, January 05, 2012
    MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE People's National Party (PNP) Cedric Stewart, the losing candidate in last Thursday's general election in the East Central St James constituency, has filed for a magi ...more

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  • SE St Elizabeth victor lashes ‘flawed’ opinion polls

    Thursday, January 05, 2012
    SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — HE is basking in his victory but the People's National Party's candidate for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment is also angry at what he describes as "flawed" o ...more

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  • GG gets election results

    Wednesday, January 04, 2012
    GOVERNOR General Sir Patrick Allen was yesterday presented with the official results of last week's general election by Director of Elections Orrette Fisher, clearing the way for the Prime Minister-d ...more

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  • If we put country first...

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    If only we could paint a vision of calm waters ahead in Jamaica's fiftieth year of Independence. The hard truth, though, is that 2012 promises to be as tough as any since the global recession set in ...more

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  • PNP needs to rein in overexuberant supporters — Mike Henry

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    CHAIRMAN of the Jamaica Labour Party Mike Henry has issued a public demand for the leadership of the People's National Party to calm their supporters, who he claims, have been targeting supporters of ...more

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  • US Jamaicans give mixed reactions to election results

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    NEW YORK, United States — As with their compatriots in their homeland, there has been mixed reactions among Jamaican nationals here to the results of Thursday's general election which saw the de ...more

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  • The 'Coronary' List

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    AS the analysis continues into what caused last Thursday's massive upset at the polls in favour of the People's National Party (PNP), questions are being raised as to how some of the Jamaica Labour P ...more

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  • Allow Jamaicans living overseas to vote

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    Dear Editor, I would like to congratulate the Hon Portia L Simpson Miller, prime minister-designate and president of the People's National Party (PNP) on her resounding victory at the polls. I belie ...more

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  • The Prince did not cross it at all

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    And it came to pass that after Emperor Eloquent finished bobbing and weaving over the peculiar circumstances surrounding the Manatt-Dudus trial and tribulation, he said unto his disciples gathered at ...more

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  • The people spoke for Portia

    Monday, January 02, 2012
    HEARTY congratulations to that seasoned campaigner Portia Simpson Miller, president of the People's National Party (PNP), and her triumphant team who reminded us that the PNP are master organisers. C ...more

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  • Tufton loses on recount

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    DR Christopher Tufton lost his St Elizabeth South West seat by 13 votes to the People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) Hugh Buchanan in the recount completed yesterday by electoral officia ...more

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  • Votes for sale - St Thomas youth say money up front or no X

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    CLAD in white T-shirts, the young men who stood under a tree at the entrance to Yallahs Primary School in St Thomas on Election Day were there with one intention only: to sell their votes to the candi ...more

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  • Why the JLP lost

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    Sunday Observer asked two of the country's political analysts to weigh in on discussions surrounding the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) crushing electoral defeat on Thursday. Political historian, Troy ...more

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  • Jamaicans set education goals this New Year

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    IT is the start of a new year and with it has come the time for resolutions. Career & Education took the streets last Friday to talk to Jamaicans in the Corporate Area about their career goals for ...more

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  • The PNP won, now what?

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    ALTHOUGH the Portia Simpson Miller-led People's National Party (PNP) is the clear victor in the December 29 poll, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government ministers, including those who lost their s ...more

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  • Portia's 'vital' vote on election day

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    THE mission to capture the energetic Portia Simpson Miller's vote for posterity on election day Thursday last, proved one of monumental proportions for the media. "She will be voting at the Whitfield ...more

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  • Election 2011: The big losers, the returnees, the veteran survivors...

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    THE December 29 general election which spectacularly swept the People's National Party (PNP) back into power provides many interesting revelations, some of which we'll share with Sunday Observer reade ...more

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  • Gambling on the wrong horse

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    ONE analyst and researcher has said that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) battering at the polls Thursday could have been worse. Anthropologist of social violence and host of The Complete Picture discu ...more

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  • OAS gives election a thumbs up

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    THE conduct of the general election last Thursday has earned the approval of the Organisation of American States (OAS), even as two other observer groups, including the Caricom Observer Mission, rated ...more

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  • Perform or perish!

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    TWO of the country's most seasoned political representatives are declaring that poor constituency representation on the part of some of parliamentarians contributed to them losing their seats in last ...more

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  • Andrew's tough fall from glory

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    ANDREW Michael Holness had been seen by many of his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters as the Messiah. At age 39, Holness had positioned himself to be the flag-bearer of a new generation of young, ...more

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  • Portia — from Wood Hall to Jamaica House... again

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    RUNNING around as a skinny, shy young girl at Marlie Hill Primary School in what is now the constituency of North Central St Catherine, Portia Simpson presented no warning signs that she had political ...more

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  • PNP outsmarted us: G2K member

    Saturday, December 31, 2011
    A member of Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says the People's National Party (PNP) outsmarted the JLP  to win last Thursday's General Ele ...more

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  • Slow but peaceful voting in St. Andrew

    Saturday, December 31, 2011
    A slow electronic identification system marred an otherwise relatively uneventful election day in South East and North East St Andrew on Thursday, two seats traditionally torn by political violence. ...more

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  • Voters prove me horribly wrong. JLP soundly rejected

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    ALTHOUGH I knew and wrote that voter apathy was widespread, latching onto the conventional view that the election would have been close, I made assumptions that did not factor in the wholesale staying ...more

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  • When Jamaican voters surprised pollsters

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    LAST Thursday's landslide parliamentary victory by the People's National Party (PNP) that crushed the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (PNP) with a whopping 19-seat majority for the new 63-member House ...more

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  • Clean sweep for PNP in Hanover

    Saturday, December 31, 2011
    SANDY BAY, Hanover — A sudden swift shower of rain just after the close of voting at 5:00 pm did little to dampen the spirits of voters in the Eastern Hanover constituency Thursday afternoon. S ...more

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  • Portia earns respect

    Sunday, January 01, 2012
    PORTIA Simpson Miller earned the political respect, long denied her by various elements of Jamaican society, by leading the People's National Party (PNP) to a spectacular victory over the Jamaica Labo ...more

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  • Julian Robinson gracious in victory

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    WINNING People's National Party PNP candidate for South East St Andrew Julian Robinson expressed his gratitude to his constituents for supporting him. Robinson retained the seat for the PNP by defeat ...more

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  • G2K congratulates PNP

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    GENERATION 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), congratulated the Peoples National Party (PNP) on its general election victory yesterday evening. IN  a ...more

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  • EOJ won’t comment on poll until recount

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    OFFICIALS of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) have reserved comment on last night’s general election results until after the official recount which begins today. Last night, while not maki ...more

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  • It's Portia! - PNP delivers crushing 41-22 seat defeat to JLP

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    THE People’s National Party (PNP) sent the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) back into Opposition after scoring a crushing 41-22-seat victory in yesterday’s 16th general election that pollsters a ...more

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  • Tent-pitching fuss, big turnout of the elderly mark voting in St Thomas

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    ADDITIONAL police had to be called out at the White Horses Basic School in West St Thomas yesterday morning to quell a fracas between supporters of the two major political parties, following a reporte ...more

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  • Moderate voter turnout in St Ann, St Mary

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    OCHO RIOS, St Ann — There seemed to have been little enthusiasm among voters in several constituencies in St Ann and St Mary during the national polls yesterday where voter turnout was moderate. ...more

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  • Relaxed atmosphere, moderate voting in St Elizabeth

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A relaxed atmosphere and a sense of moderate rather than heavy voting prevailed on election day in St Elizabeth. All across the parish supporters of the two major pol ...more

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  • Sector leaders hail PNP win

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    THE country's sector leaders last night poured congratulatory messages on the Portia Simpson Miller-led People's National Party (PNP). President of the Jamaica Exporters' Association (JEA) Vitus Evan ...more

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  • Elderly man dies after casting vote

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    AN elderly Portland man died yesterday immediately after casting his vote at the Avocat Primary School in the parish. According to initial reports, Sylvester "Man Rat" Nugent, a 70-year-old farmer of ...more

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  • Smooth, incident-free voting in Manchester

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Despite some hiccups, the recurring feedback at several polling stations in Central, South, and North West Manchester yesterday was that voting was "smooth" and "inciden ...more

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  • 2 Cabinet ministers lose seats

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    TWO Cabinet ministers, Robert Montague and Clive Mullings, were among the big casualties in yesterday's general election. Montague, who was the minister of agriculture, lost his St Mary Western seat ...more

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  • Holness bubble bursts - Shine rubs off young PM

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) campaign director Karl Samuda last night said the Dudus/Manatt episode has cost the party dearly. "I cannot over-emphasise the extent to which that resonates in the minds of ...more

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  • Police protecting Tufton

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    Jamaica Labour Party Deputy Leader Dr Christopher Tufton says he is now under police protection at his home in his South Western St Elizabeth constituency. According to Tufton, People’s Nationa ...more

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  • Hot sun, slow technology fail to deter voters in E St Andrew

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    THE huge deployment of members of the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard seemed at odds with the slow trickle of voters into Port Royal Primary School in the constituency of Eastern Kingston and Port R ...more

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  • Grant true wisdom to all-a-we

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    Wednesday, December 28: I WRITE ahead of the Day of Decision, when we exercise our democratic franchise and seek to determine our future. By the time this comes to hand, the results will be known. Wh ...more

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  • Some complaints, but smooth voting in Corporate Area

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    VOTING went smoothly in several constituencies across the Corporate Area yesterday, despite complaints from electors of lengthy delays. At several polling stations in West Central St Andrew disgruntle ...more

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  • One of the most peaceful elections, say cops, parties

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    AT the official 5 o'clock close of polls yesterday there were no reports of any major election-related violence, prompting the police and spokespersons for the two major political parties to declare t ...more

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  • The maturing of the electoral process

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    YESTERDAY'S polling in our 16th general election since 1944 marked, in our view, the undoubted maturing of the Jamaican electoral and political processes. Indeed, we have come a far way from the 1960 ...more

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  • Security strong for polls in crime-hit Sav

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    DESPITE a gang-related fatal shooting at a Jamaica Labour Party rally on the eve of the polls, voting in Central Westmoreland was quiet yesterday. Soldiers stood guard at polling stations in Savanna- ...more

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  • Wild celebrations among comrades in MoBay

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    MONTEGO BAY, St James — There were wild celebrations in sections of the resort city of Montego Bay last night as People's National Party (PNP) supporters took to the streets to celebrate the par ...more

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  • Businesses not worried about low commercial activities

    Friday, December 30, 2011
    THE local business community was not concerned about a fall-off in commercial activities arising from yesterday's general election, according to Jamaica Chamber of Commerce President Milton Samuda. A ...more

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  • PNP country

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    All Island Preliminary Results as at 11:00 PM 6629 of 6629 boxes counted. The PNP now has 41 declared constituencies to the JLP's 22. CLARENDON CENTRAL: LESTER MICHAEL HENRY - JLP (7111) RICHARD W ...more

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  • Ballot boxes still trickling in

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    BALLOT boxes are still trickling into the counting centre at the Waltham Educational Centre in West Central St Andrew from the various polling divisions more than two hours after the close of the poll ...more

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  • MORE PHOTOS: Election 2011

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    These are more scenes from Election Day. Keep checking for more. (Photos: Jermaine Barnaby, Garfield Robinson, Napthali Junior, and Joseph Wellington) more

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  • Trelawny candidates confident of victory

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    AS voting winds down in Trelawny the two candidates from the JLP and PNP are expressing confidence at winning today's polls. JLP candidate Dennis Meadows outlined that he is encouraged based upon the ...more

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  • Belmont Road, Old Hope Road blocked off

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE police are advising members of the public that Belmont Road and Old Hope Road in St Andrew will be closed to vehicular traffic until midnight. This is to facilitate activities at the headquarters ...more

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  • Voters still in line

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    POLLING stations islandwide have not yet been closed as voters are still in line waiting to cast their ballots. Voters who were still in line before 5:00 pm, will still be allowed to vote but no addi ...more

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  • Smooth process in South Manchester

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTING across the polling stations in South Manchester was smooth with majority voters casting their ballots in the morning. When the Observer visited the polling station at Cross Keys High School, P ...more

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  • 42 per cent of voters cast ballots

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    WITH some 30 minutes to the close of the polls the Electoral Office of Jamaica is reporting that some 42.35 percent of Jamaicans or 697,937 individuals have cast their votes as at 3 this afternoon in ...more

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  • Get real time election results

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    KEEP up to date with real time general election results with the Observer online all day December 29. more

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  • Party supporters gather at Gregory Park

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THERE is now a massive gathering of People's National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters outside Gregory Park Primary School as candidates Camile Buchanan and Arnaldo Brown of the J ...more

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  • No rule against party colours — EOJ

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    DIRECTOR of Elections Orette Fisher is at this time emphasising that there is no rule against voters wearing party colours or clothing with photographs of their candidates of choice. The Director's c ...more

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  • EOJ not abandoning EVIBIS — Fisher

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    DIRECTOR of Elections Orette Fisher has said the Electoral Office of Jamaica is not at this time heeding calls for it to abandon the Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System (EVIBIS). ...more

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  • JLP’s Dalrymple-Philibert exudes confidence in South Trelawny

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    MARISSA Dalrymple-Philibert, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate in the South Trelawny constituency, is upbeat over her prospects of defeating her People’s National Party (PNP) rival Lyndel ...more

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  • PNP supporters back DK in Eastern Hanover

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    SANDY BAY, Hanover- Despite polls showing their candidates trailing coming into today’s elections, supporters of the PNP’s Dr DK Duncan are confident he would retain the Eastern Hanover se ...more

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  • Slow electronic voting angers South East St Andrew voters

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    DOZENS of voters waited for periods of over an hour to cast their ballots at some polling divisions in South East St Andrew this morning, angering voters from both major parties who accused each other ...more

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  • Who let the dogs ‘vote’?

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    SEVERAL Pitbulls, Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds — all adorned in green — were taken to the Seaview Gardens Health Centre in the West St Andrew constituency by their owners to rei ...more

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  • Broderick confident of winning North Clarendon victory

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    JAMAICA Labour Party candidate for North Clarendon, Lawrence Broderick, said he is confident of his chances of winning the constituency. "Voting has been smooth, we are doing well, and we could surpr ...more

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  • Has Tivoli Gardens operation caused low voter turnout?

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    ELECTION Day workers are reporting a low voter turnout at polling stations in West Kingston, some of which were empty when the Observer visited. A source, who requested anonymity, told the Observer t ...more

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  • Electronic Voter ID system causes delays in Eastern St Andrew, but...

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    PELTING sun notwithstanding, orange-clad voters congregated at the open lot at the entrance to Jarret Lane in the Eastern St Andrew constituency, waiting to dip their fingers in the voters' ink. "It ...more

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  • James Robertson’s ‘tents’ spark fuss in West St Thomas

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    ADDITIONAL police had to be called out at the White Horses Basic School in West St Thomas this morning to quell a fracas between supporters of the two major political parties, following a reported att ...more

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  • JLP’s Othniel Lawrence votes after slight glitch

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THERE was a brief hold-up of the voting process for the Jamaica Labour Party’s candidate for North West St Ann this morning. Othniel Lawrence turned up at the polling station about 11:30 am but ...more

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  • 23 per cent of voters already cast ballots

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE Electoral Office of Jamaica is reporting that some 23.7 percent of Jamaicans or 380,169 individuals have already voted as at 11 this morning as the taking of the General Election polls continues a ...more

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  • Healthy voting in South Trelawny

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTING is on in earnest at the 81 polling divisions throughout the South Trelawny constituency. According to Returning Officer David Ellison, voting got off to a smooth start and on time at all the ...more

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  • Voting held up in North West St Ann

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    ELECTORS who are to vote at some polling stations across North West St Ann have complained that the voting process since morning has been very slow. Several electors, including a number of senior cit ...more

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  • Man arrested for voter intimidation in Spanish Town

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    POLICE in Spanish Town have arrested one man who was among a group of persons said to be involved in voter intimidation. The incident took place in the New Nursery area. A heavy detatchment of pol ...more

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  • PNP country

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    KEEP up to date with real time general election results with the Observer online all day December 29. Our results page also gives details, including which constituencies results are coming from. Ele ...more

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  • Smooth voting in St Elizabeth

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    REPORTS from across St Elizabeth has suggested that voting has gone off smoothly with many voters turning out to cast their votes early. There were also reports of long line shortly after 10:00 am at ...more

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  • Heroy Clarke says he’ll create history in new constituency

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    MONTEGO BAY, St James  — Heroy Clarke, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the newly created constituency of Central St James, has predicted that he will create history and win the ...more

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  • Soldiers block vote fraud attempt in NW Clarendon

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    EXCEPT for a man who tried to vote in someone else’s name, there were no incidents at Frankfield Primary School, one of the polling stations in the Clarendon North Western constituency. The ine ...more

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  • PNP supporters in St Ann say JLP using bogus voters list

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    SOME People’s National Party supporters in North West St Ann have accused the Jamaica Labour Party of using a ‘bogus’ voters list. This resulted in a verbal clash between some elect ...more

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  • East St Thomas voters unable to find names

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTING got off to slow start in East St Thomas with several persons complaining about the absence of their names on the voters list at some polling station in the constituency. A small contingent of ...more

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  • Cops flood the streets

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE police are this morning reporting a successful start to their election day security strategy. The Constabulary Communication Network said 99 per cent of deployment had taken place by 7:00 am and ...more

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  • Smooth voting in Portmore

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTING is proceeding smoothly at several polling stations in Portmore St Catherine. When the Observer visited Waterford High School, PGA Preparatory as well as Naggo Head Primary and Infant agents of ...more

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  • Elderly turn out in numbers to vote in West St Thomas

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    A large number of elderly persons are coming out to vote in the West St Thomas constituency. The majority of them — some wheelchair bound, others with walking sticks — have to be aided to ...more

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  • Tempers flare in Westmoreland

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE readiness of the island's security forces was on full display this morning in Westmoreland, as they were able to quickly cool flaring tempers during a brief standoff between supporters of both maj ...more

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  • Get real time election results

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
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  • Smooth voting in Pembroke Hall

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTING is proceeding smoothly at the Pembroke Hall community centre, albeit without the long lines seen at some other polling centres. Here both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's Nation ...more

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  • Holness confident after voting

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    PRIME Minister Andrew Holness said his party is not basing victory on the results of polls but on the seat by seat analysis done through sampling and canvassing. "And on both counts we are ahead," Ho ...more

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  • UPDATE: All polling stations up and running

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    SIX thousand four hundred and sixty-six of the 6,629 polling stations opened at 7:00 am or earlier, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has reported. In the latest update provided to the media, the ...more

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  • No early problems in North Trelawny

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTING in the North Trelawny constituency got off smoothly in 136 polling stations this morning without any problems. A steady stream of voters were spotted flowing into polling stations across Falmo ...more

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  • Patrick Lee casts his ballot in East Portland

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    JAMAICA Labour Party candidate for East Portland Patrick Lee, cast his vote at 7:50 am at the Hill Preparatory School in Port Antonio. Lee says the process was smooth but he thinks he waited a bit to ...more

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  • Police encouraged by unity

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    HEAD of the Traffic Department Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis this morning said he was encouraged by the level of unity he has observed on the streets of the Corporate Area since the start of Election ...more

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  • Early rush in North East St Ann

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THERE was an early morning rush by electors at some polling stations in sections of North East St Ann when the polls opened this morning. Long lines could be seen at a number of polling stations in t ...more

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  • Voters trickle in to the Mona High School

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THERE has been a steady trickle of voters into the Mona High School polling station since it opened its doors at 7:00 am. Outdoor agents attired in their respective party colours are now busy verifyi ...more

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  • PNP accuses Prime Minister of breaching campaign agreement

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE People’s National Party (PNP) has accused Prime Minister Andrew Holness of openly breaching an agreement reached by all political parties and the electoral authorities for campaigning to end ...more

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  • Polling begins

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE Electoral Commission of Jamaica says all arrangements are in place for the taking of the polls today. Polling will take place in 6,629 stations at 2,200 locations across the sixty three constitu ...more

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  • Politics shroud move to 'formalise' Galleon Beach

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — The green shirts of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the orange of the opposition People's National Party (PNP) were few and far between. Yet tension from ...more

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  • Andrew or Portia? - Election could be closest in country's history

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    ANDREW HOLNESS, at nightfall today, could find himself the first leader born post-Independence and the youngest elected prime minister at 39 years old, if the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) finds f ...more

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  • Electronic voter ID system cranked up today

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    VOTERS in eight constituencies will cast their ballots using the Electronic Identification of the Voter and Ballot Issuing System (EIVBIS), today. The voter identification system will see a full roll ...more

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  • Disappointing debates or unrealistic expectations?

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    Dear Editor Now that the debates have come and gone it almost seems naïve that persons would genuinely think that it should come down to a set of articulations to determine which of the politic ...more

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  • Police prepped for peaceful polling

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE police are brimming with confidence and have promised a day of "peace and safety" as Jamaicans head to the polls to elect a new government today. Police High Command has said all members of the Ja ...more

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  • The JLP should be nervously home by a few seats

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    BY the end of this day's exercise, all of the political hype, the impossible promises and the catchy radio and TV ads will mean nothing... to one side, at least. When the final tally is made, the sid ...more

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  • Battle for the West - JLP, PNP, confident of victory in western Ja

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE two major political parties are brimming with confidence of winning the majority of the 16 parliamentary seats being contested in western Jamaica in today's general e ...more

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  • Voters want to see what else Holness can do

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    Dear Editor: I am not feeling any anticipation for today's elections. I do not know why, but I just get the sense that other persons are either disinterested in the political process or less inclined ...more

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  • More like sports than elections

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE commission of enquiry to determine who it was that hired Manatt, Phelps and Phillips to defend Christopher 'Dudus' Coke dominated the news for a major part of the year. During the proceedings of t ...more

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  • EOJ: Electors must be allowed time off to vote

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    THE Electoral Office of Jamaica yesterday reminded employers that all registered voters must be allowed three hours off today to vote in today's general election. The law, however, does not apply to ...more

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  • December 29, a day of destiny for all Jamaicans

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    TODAY, December 29 is the 363rd day of the year, based on the Gregorian calendar. There are two days remaining until the end of the year 2011. But it will not be just another year. Some 1,648,036 Jam ...more

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  • JLP predicts eight-seat majority win

    Thursday, December 29, 2011
    POLLSTER Don Anderson's prediction that the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is on track to triumph in a close poll has not gone unnoticed by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). However, t ...more

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  • Get real time election results

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    KEEP up to date with real time general election results with the Observer online all day December 29. more

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  • JFJ calls for Blair's head

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    HUMAN Rights group Jamaican for Justice is calling for Political Ombudsman Herro Blair to resign from that post. In a release to the media the group said Blair's recent comments from the pulpit on th ...more

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  • Police ready for elections

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    THE Jamaica Constabulary Force has signalled its readiness to effectively police tomorrow's General Elections. Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations Glenmore Hinds told reporters at a press con ...more

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  • No cell phones, cameras inside polling stations

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    VOTERS who use or display cellular telephones or cameras inside the Polling Station on Election Day will be evicted from the polling station and will lose their chance to vote, the Electoral Office of ...more

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  • Cops say Savanna la Mar shooting not political

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    POLICE are reporting that last night's shooting incident was not politically motivated. Gunmen approached a section of the crowd during a Jamaica Labour Party political rally in Savanna la Mar, Westm ...more

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  • Allow workers three hours off to vote — EOJ

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    ALL registered voters will be allowed three hours off tomorow to cast their votes on Election Day under Jamaican law. The three hours time off does not include the usual lunch hour. The law does not ...more

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  • Don't Try it!

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    ELECTORAL Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) Chairman Professor Errol Miller, last night warned of harsh penalties to anyone caught in illegal or corrupt election tactics. In a national broadcast, Miller wa ...more

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  • PNP Condemns Savanna-la-Mar Shooting

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    THE People’s National Party (PNP) has condemned a shooting incident in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland last where persons attending a meeting of Jamaica Labour Party candidate Marlene Malahoo Forte ...more

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  • Gunmen kill one, injure 3 in attack on JLP meeting

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) officials were last night mourning the shooting death of a 20-year-old supporter and the injuring of three others by gunmen who attacked a meeting of the ruling party in Sav ...more

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  • Last lap - JLP, PNP wrap up campaigning

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    JAMAICA’S two major political parties wrapped up campaign activities last night as they prepare for do battle in the nation’s 16th general election tomorrow. In addition to a full day fr ...more

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  • Were election stories balanced?

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    MOST media houses would have benefited enormously from the election campaigns mounted by both political parties and supplemented by related organisations such as the Electoral Commission. Hence, gener ...more

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  • PNP: No election money from gay groups

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    THE Opposition People's National Party (PNP) yesterday declared that it had not received any funding from any gay rights organisation locally or overseas, and dismissed such claims as propaganda gener ...more

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  • Cops issue election warning

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011
    THE police high command has issued a list of rules which must be adhered to or offenders will be prosecuted. In a release to the media the police said following the amendment of the Representation of ...more

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  • Buggery law backlash - Blair: The church has been sleeping

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011
    BISHOP Herro Blair has warned that Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller's pledge to review the buggery law if her party is elected to office on Thursday could lead to the legalisation of same-sex m ...more

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