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 to the People's National Party's Jolyan Silvera, while Mullings, who held the mining and energy portfolio, lost the St James West Central constituency to Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams.

A third minister, Dwight Nelson, who was appointed national security minister through the senate, was b·eaten by the PNP's Julian Robinson in St Andrew South Eastern. For both it was their first foray into representational politics.

Junior ministers Othneil Lawrence (St Ann North Western), Andrew Gallimore (St Andrew West Rural), Michael Stern (Clarendon North Western), and Laurie Broderick (Clarendon Northern) also lost their seats in the legislature in what was a 41-22 national swing towards the PNP in Jamaica's 16th general election since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.


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COMMENTS (15)

john glen
12/31/2011 - 5:10 AM
Nicolas, If the JLP had won would it not be the same State they have to preside over. The voters have simple said we are ailing from poverty, a contagious disease spread by bad governance. We will not take any medicine prescribed by the said government which is known to cause more poverty, with primary side effect = poverty, more poverty, loss of jobs and sure death. There would be no point in calling for ' justice' you will get "I cant recall". ...Better we try Sister P and PNP.
John Smith
12/30/2011 - 5:02 PM
Good riddance to Nelson. Byyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeee! :-D
Duque Molton
12/30/2011 - 4:46 PM
Leon Archer you hit the nail on the head!!!!! I wonder if Dwight Nelson recall that last night was a general election and he lost?
Sophia-Marrie Johnson
12/30/2011 - 3:11 PM
'Mantu' Vaz 'I cannot recall' Nelson, gay banger Mullings,the arrogant one Montague and not a red cent Shaw deserved to be punished. All were short sighted (still are?) puffed up and out of touch with us as a people the they did not feel our infirmities. We do hope that the lesson taught to the JLP is not lost on the PNP and that they will do the job that they were elected to do...if not they too will be voted out. Go Ja, we do have a voice-a strong one too!!
Verona Lewin
12/30/2011 - 2:47 PM
Mr. Stern you got what you deserve. You won last time around but you did not deliver. People of NW Clarendon are no fools so they have corrected their mistake this time around. Happy riddance to you!!!!!
Jakan 2011
12/30/2011 - 2:06 PM
@poster below, I wonder what the gays will get when they get told AGAIN their lifestyle will never be accepted in Jamaica?
Linval Campbell
12/30/2011 - 1:35 PM
Dwight Nelson should not have been allowed to run,he should be fired a long time ago,the JLP was blind to see he had no chance.
Mona Lisa
12/30/2011 - 1:09 PM
Congratulations to PSM and her administration, JLP gracious in defeat! PNP re-claiming St. James, 6th star general, congrats, but u need to shape up!
Wa Tch
12/30/2011 - 12:48 PM
In the end after showing much promise, Mullings turned out to be a major disappointment. His intelligence was undermined by tribalism and bigotry. Shame Clive. Read you Bible and seek forgiveness.
Orville Smith
12/30/2011 - 12:24 PM
Collateral damage- Mr. Nelson ?

Brad Kerr
12/30/2011 - 12:09 PM
Well the people have spoken, and the poll of polls is never wrong. These men were divisive and should not have been anywhere near the levers of governance. The last week of campaign was jarring, i guess they had the results of the polls showing them in a free fall...Portia cross and i wish her the best in her upcoming administration...

Leon Archer
12/30/2011 - 12:00 PM
I hope Mr. Montague will use this experience to develop some humility and good sense. Good leadership is not arrogance, bullying and humiliating people who you supervise.
george watson
12/30/2011 - 11:01 AM
The PNP must first of all cut the size of the cabinet. They must also tell the people the truth and not be contemptuous of them. We need honest government and the Contractor General must not only have his contract renewed but be given teeth to prosecute cases.
If the PNP messes up then we must not have to wait until they are out of power to prosecute.
Ja. has to move out of being a banana republic. Never again must we allow the country to return to its recent past.
Mess up and you are out.
Nicolas Henry
12/30/2011 - 9:24 AM
This win for the PNP is good for the JLP. Now Comrades will have to deliver to the welfare state, created by them under Michael Manley. Lets see how the geniuses are going to do so. Well thinking Jmcns should know that IMF cotracts cannot be renegotiated, and JA produce nothing to wrk themselves out of debt and will continue to produce nothing. So the only source of wrk is crash program wrk promised through JEEP & that will be using borrowed JDIP $$ for funding. So the cycle of poverty continues
Matthew Thomas
12/30/2011 - 8:21 AM
That is what you get Clive Mullings for your anti-gay diatribe. Serves you RIGHT!