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

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor — publications ?davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com

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 and analysts had said was mostly too close to call.

A sober but triumphant Simpson Miller told jubilant supporters at PNP headquarters last night that she was thankful to the Jamaican people and Prime Minister Andrew Holness who, she said, called and congratulated her earlier. “He was very gracious.”

She urged comrades to greet supporters of the losing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) with love in an obvious extension of the olive branch after what was a vigorous and often bitter campaign.

“We will be working to move this country forward to achieve growth and development and for job creation,” she said. “As we move to balance the books, we will be moving to balance people’s lives.”

Simpson Miller also asked public servants to ensure the protection of Government property, and added: “Today, the Jamaica people assisted us to rescue Jamaica and to restore the power. You will hear from us soon, as we move to put our team in place to take charge of the Government.”

The dramatic swing to the PNP, which emerged as early as 8:00 last night, returns the 66-year-old Simpson Miller to the prime minister’s chair, four years after she failed in her first bid to get her own mandate from the electorate after taking over from P J Patterson, who retired in March 2006.

It also resulted in Holness, the 39-year-old JLP leader, serving as prime minister for a mere two months, having been sworn in on October 23 after Bruce Golding stepped down.

But probably the hottest sting in the defeat for the JLP is that it made the party the first one-term Government since Independence.

The election was marked by long waits at polling stations, glitches in the operation of the electronic voter identification system, and a low voter turnout.

But overall voting went smoothly islandwide.

Last night, Holness conceded defeat, telling journalists at JLP headquarters in Kingston that “the people have spoken and we are humble servants and we listen”.

Holness had campaigned on a platform of continuity and fiscal prudence, while Simpson Miller and the PNP had, on the hustings, highlighted unemployment and the harsh economic conditions as failings of the Government.

Some of the heavyweights who lost their seats yesterday included: Agriculture Minister Robert Montague; Energy Minister Clive Mullings; junior industry and commerce minister Michael Stern; Sharon Hay-Webster, who crossed the floor in a dramatic switch from the PNP. National Security Minister Dwight Nelson also failed in his bid to win a seat.

Statistics from the Electoral Office of Jamaica confirmed that 48 per cent of the electorate turned out to vote at 6,629 polling stations in 2,200 locations islandwide in what electoral officials, observers and police said was possibly the most peaceful election in local political history.

Director of Elections Orette Fisher, who was presiding for the first time at the helm of a Jamaican election, admitted there were some of the usual election day headaches but for the most part polling went smoothly and without incident.

“I can say at this time that we are very satisfied that the process was efficiently executed and the elections were free and fair and free of fear,” Fisher told journalists after his office had announced the preliminary results.

Most of the glitches centred around the operation of the Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System (EVIBIS) which was rolled out in Eastern St Catherine, West Central St Andrew, South East St Andrew, Eastern St Andrew, Central Kingston, and Western St Andrew, with partial implementation in North West St Andrew and North Central St Andrew.

The EVIBIS identifies the elector and issues his/her ballot electronically. The machines do not provide for voting electronically, but instead match the voter to fingerprints in a database. Persons whom the system rejected for whatever reason were quizzed by the presiding officer to ascertain whether they were who they claimed to be.

Some voters and the PNP complained that voting in EVIBIS centres was agonisingly slow, causing long lines and frustrating electors.

Fisher blamed the problems on a combination of “nervousness on the part of some election staff and impatience of some voters”, but said the problems were sorted out and voting continued.

“We have had reports from some supervisors who say things are going smoothly while there are others who say the machines are slow. But slow is relative because some persons just don’t want to wait,” he told the Observer.

The day’s minuses included reported shooting incidents in the Mountain View Avenue area and Southborough in Portmore, St Catherine, as well as reports that a man died in Portland after discovering that he had erroneously put his ‘X’ beside the wrong candidate.

But the election earned the thumbs up from international and local observers who certified it as largely incident-free.

Ambassador Lisa Shoman, the OAS chief of mission observing the election, said that preliminary reports suggested that polling went well.

According to Shoman, the 12 teams monitoring election activities across the island had not observed anything untoward thus far.

“Everything is going according to schedule and according to plan so far,” she said at mid-morning.

She said the most her team observed were long lines which were based on how the crowd was being handled by election workers.

Consistent with electoral history, some changes could come in the final count or after any possible challenge from losing candidates who may petition for a magisterial recount.

— With additional reporting by Desmond Allen and Horace Helps


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COMMENTS (62)

Anthony Johnson
12/30/2011 - 4:15 PM
PNP are sore losers. They just won the elections, but yet because the JLP Chris Tufton wonhtheir PNP representative, they threaten him in such a way that police has to be guarding him now. This country is in sad state. I am just happy i am not nowhere or will be nowhere near Jamaica for a long time to come.
Weslie Daley
12/30/2011 - 4:06 PM
Hugh Maxwell, thanks for your honesty my brother. It shows that we can all disagree and still be honest. When everything is said and done, we are all Jamaicans. I do notice that most of the Portia Basher and women haters are not blogging this time. It pays to be kind to others!! Poison does not clean and build good health it POISONS!!!!
N Manley Blythe
12/30/2011 - 3:56 PM
Well PNP, it is now up to you to implement the necessary reforms vital towards the defeat of corruption in our society. Will you now give Greg Christie powers of prosecution? Will you dismantle garrisons? Will you fix the justice system? Will you SEND CORRUPT POLITICIANS TO PRISON? Will you be transparent in the awarding of contracts? Will you ensure that the days of massive waste of taxpayer's money are now behind us?
Is the lesson learned? A party has ONE TERM to show meaningful progress! One!
Joseph Edwards
12/30/2011 - 3:49 PM
I am very sadden today because Jamaica has lost by voting in a party that has not shown three (3) sensible things they intend to do.
Finally! I understand why Jamaica is so bankrupt because those who are educated are not much better than those who are illiterate.
False Promises made:
JPS renegotiation in 2 weeks
JDIP renegotiation in "
IMF renegotiation in "
Let me see the mighty SIS P rescue JAMAICA or stop the reforms started by the JLP. Teachers, Police, Nurses your kids will feel it.

Anthony Johnson
12/30/2011 - 3:32 PM
Micheal Manley's destruction of the country in the 1970's and then 18yrs of mis-management by the PNP in the entire 90's and into the 21st century lead by Omar Davies and his gang. And now you PNP bloggers have one feel good night of ecstasy, and you think you are going to see change and want well thinking Jamaicans to join you. Think again, cause you are all on crack(cocaine) or methamphetamines. Let me see what will become of Trafigura or if you will finally lock up Kern Spencer. I am watching
Sophia-Marrie Johnson
12/30/2011 - 3:31 PM
If this government wants to be effective, then it must be honest, approachable and people friendly. It must ensure that jobs and pension are secure, health services and equal education accessible to all. I addition, ensure that jobs, road, water and light are not given/ implemented along party lines. One Ja we want- equal rights and justice for all.
Nina Nais
12/30/2011 - 3:28 PM
Nicolas Henry, Jamaica in NOT a welfare state. Compared to the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland), France, Germany, the UK, & even the US, our social safety net is very flimsy, and a lot of what is there now was put in place in recent years (including JLP's free health care). People live off unemployment benefits in the UK, get free multiple-bedroom houses if they are unemployed and have children. In JA, if you don't have work, you beg, borrow or steal. Hustling is a way of life.
Anthony Johnson
12/30/2011 - 3:22 PM
I hear these PNP bloggers saying its a great day for Jamaica because there was no violence. That' s because JLP was on the losing end and they know how to conduct themselves even in defeat. If it was the other way around we would be having a lot of shootings now. The worst election violence was in 1980 when the PNP lost. A lot of people were killed because the PNP couldn't even accept then landslide defeat at the time. To all u PNP bloggers Jamaica will never move forward with a PNP government.
Stephen Fox
12/30/2011 - 3:18 PM
@Noel Richards, Its the will of the people. You have to respect that. If you did not witness Portia's victory speech try to find it on youtube. For the most part the JLP has been purged. Some of their own doing and the rest by the voters. The elections were free, fair, and not marred violence. There are many new bright young people going into Gordon House for the first time. Organized crime and corruption is the enemy not Portia Simpson-Miller. Today she is figuratively not literally the Queen
Joe Patterson
12/30/2011 - 3:02 PM
We need Ministers of Government who are NOT politicians but rather skilled professionals drawn from among the best of our citizenry. Let them be nominated by an elected executive (Prime Minister or President), and then let them be vetted and approved by the House of Representative and Senate.
Joe Patterson
12/30/2011 - 3:01 PM
In the end, the PNP is considered the winner and the JLP the loser, but the REAL LOSER is us the People of Jamaica, because we were yet again forced to choose between the “lesser of TWO evils”. Both parties, with control of millions of dollars, were still only able to pull out to the polls mostly their “grass-root supporters” – those who will vote for their respective party “nu matta wha!” (i.e. no matter what!). 47% of us stayed home!
Anthony Johnson
12/30/2011 - 2:57 PM
As you can all see the JLP are decent, intellient and educated people who are also gracious in defeat. It's unfortunate we cannot say the same about Portia who up to now did not concede or even congratulated Bruce on his win in 2007. This "anything goes" government is back in power again, but that's what the uneducated masses as well as the greedy ones want. e.g. The scrap metal trade will start again. It doesn't matter if they scrap the country to fatten their pockets and full their bellies.
Richie L
12/30/2011 - 2:55 PM
Congratulations to Mrs Portia Simpson Miller.
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I support you as our new prime minister and wish you all the best.
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Lately, to show my contempt for your performance as PM in your first stint and Leader of the Opposition, I had started putting your name in lower- case letters when I comment in this space. I will cease doing for now until I can see how you conduct yourself in your new stint as PM.
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Again, my heartiest congratulations to you and the PNP.
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Richie

Duque Molton
12/30/2011 - 2:54 PM
Anthony II, ghost rider and Nadine Johnson I could not have said it any better! Red Ants where are you? You did call a landslide...........
Jakan 2011
12/30/2011 - 2:47 PM
Yes you are all HUMBLE SERVANTS. Am I to believe lesson learned? Will you diss TEACHERS again? Will you subject children to such INDIGNITY as ASTEP again? Do you get it that humble even though firm can work but bullying and ORDERING around will NEVER be accepted by Jamaicans. Are you PREPARED to warn your successor against the same folly? I honestly hope you are humbled for you do have promise. Live to learn
Joe Patterson
12/30/2011 - 2:44 PM
I pray by God’s grace and by His power, we’ll cease the moment to make this the last election with no good option by working towards the new governance structure herein described. Let’s put an end (once and for all) to the garrisons, party politics, and the mismanagement which have so plagued the nation. It’s TIME for REAL CHANGE!
Joe Patterson
12/30/2011 - 2:43 PM
We need Ministers of Government who are NOT politicians but rather skilled professionals drawn from among the best of our citizenry. Let them be nominated by an elected executive (Prime Minister or President), and then let them be vetted and approved by the House of Representative and Senate.
Only then will we have free and fair elections with meaningful representations; a really progressive stable and well managed advanced economy; and a truly independent parliament and in dependent nation!
Joe Patterson
12/30/2011 - 2:41 PM
This means our nation needs a new structure of governance; one where parties are replaced by real people – people who are dedicated to serving their communities instead of being beholden to a party and its corrupt practices. Jamaica needs a truly INDIPENDENT parliament with independent representatives who can speak freely and vote freely in the interest of their constituencies and our country.
Joe Patterson
12/30/2011 - 2:40 PM
The Jamaican people have spoken volume in the December 29, 2011 General Election. Of a population of 2.7 million, 61% or 1.65 million were eligible to vote. That’s almost two-thirds (61%) of the nation, but only 868,000 (32%) of the nation actually voted. Of the 1.65 million eligible voters: 25% voted JLP; 28% voted PNP; and a telling 47% voted NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE by abstaining!
Michael Harrison
12/30/2011 - 2:38 PM
The landslide term to describe the PNP's win is misleading if we examine the facts. The PNP though intrinsically joyful must remember these things: Landslide win?: How can it be a landslide win with an electorate turnout of 48% and then out of that they won 53% of that mass. When I was in school if I got 53% on a test I'd breath a sigh and probably hide my paper sothere's nothing to truthfully brag about. It seems more Jamaicans consider them as the same. All I know is HWA = Hard Work Ahead.
wayne belford
12/30/2011 - 2:26 PM
Lionblacks,
Congrats to the PNP, however i do hope that one day the people of this will be able to elect their leader instead of the leader emerging from the ruling party via the delegates. Also i hope that the level of corruption seen over the last decades will be eliminated and if not those who are responsible are quickly and seriously punished.
Maxwell Coore
12/30/2011 - 2:26 PM
It is truly a joy to be a Jamaican in this time when the people can contest a free, fair, and free of fear election. Congratulations to the "Jamaican Queen" Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, and the People's National Party. The JLP has learnt the price of HUBRIS and DECEIT! The Observer finally got it right :Jamaica IS PNP country! Now we all need hands, minds and hearts to truly make this, the people's country. Happy New Year Jahmekyah! ONE LOVE!!!
Hugh Solomon
12/30/2011 - 2:22 PM
Some people will not stop underestimating the Jamaican electorate. If you think crash programme is the real reason people vote for the PNP then you obviously not living in Jamaica. It is this same kind of disrespect that cause the JLP to now be out of office. Leave the people business alone......Hallelujah
wayne belford
12/30/2011 - 2:15 PM
Lionblacks
Congrats to the PNP. I do hope that one day the electorate will be able to choose the leader of the country instead of the leader emerging from the ruling party. Also I am hoping that the level of corruption seen in the last decade or two among government officials will be eliminated and if not harsh punishments for those culprits.
real southy
12/30/2011 - 2:14 PM
48% voter turn out is nothing to gloat about.thats way low. its great to know that there was minimal violence.the Jamaican electorate is becoming more informed due to more exposure to news from the outside world and them seeing how political rivals live in other countries. i hope the politicians see this trend.the people under 45yrs old are not as politically stupid as those over.they know what to look for.they will be calling for imprisonment and such.
SEE THE CHANGE AND CHANGE YOUR WAYS!!
real southy
12/30/2011 - 2:04 PM
the girl in pic 3 is not the stepdaughter of Howard Aris,she is his daughter in law (wife of his son)..
on another note the pollsters in Jamaica need to pack up and go. they have no idea what they are doing .none was even close to the final results. the Gleaner predicted 34-29 for the JLP,the final result of 42-21 for the PNP is a swing of 26 seats to that prediction.WAY OFF. if wouldnt surprise me if I found out these pollsters didnt poll a soul
Noel Richards
12/30/2011 - 1:50 PM
The Dancing "Queen" is PM yet again. That is hilarious.
Stephen Fox
12/30/2011 - 1:38 PM
Congratulations to the PNP, the new members of parliament, and to Portia Simpson-Miller.
Izett Gordon
12/30/2011 - 1:25 PM
Congratulations to the PNP on their victory. To the JLP I would like to say: please place more emphasis on what's occurring in the individual's life than on macroeconomic indicators! The incoming government must make plans which uplift the standard of living of the population. It ought to be from the bottom up. If farmers, teachers, businesses and students are doing relatively well, the economy will show it. Do NOT try this foolishness called trickle-down economics. Sista P: friendly warning.
Logistics Keeping It real
12/30/2011 - 1:24 PM
@ Stanley. Yes the Jamaican people want a change but not from the PNP or the JLP thats the reason why so many of us did not vote.
Its mostly the poorer class jamaicans that went out to vote. Its time to watch where the 52% of voters who did not vote will be going. Mark my word by the next election most of these people will have migrated.
I blogged and say that the only reason I would vote, would be if the PNP or the JLP can convince me as to why i should vote. Hence I did not vote.
george watson
12/30/2011 - 1:13 PM
My hope is for a honest government. The JLP took us to the brink. I hope we will never get to that place again.
Authnel Reid
12/30/2011 - 1:00 PM
@Nadine Johnson, Stanley buffet, us irie, Shuma Julien-Martin, ghost rider, Nicholas Henry, PL Bogle Carlos Bryson and Anthony11. I concur with most if not all of our comments. The PNP has no choice but to govern with transparency and accountability or they will be gone next election cycle
Chris W
12/30/2011 - 12:51 PM
This election will no doubt be analyzed for months and years to come, a number of factors have led to this historic feat:
1} A clean/ legitimate voters list was used
2} JLP got complacent/ cocky whislt riding on Andrew's "freshness"
3} The PNP did a better job in mobilizing its forces.
The pollsters are also going do dissect their methodology as it seems to be archaic. I wish the new government a lot of success as our future starts here.
Regards
Chris W
Hugh Maxwell
12/30/2011 - 12:50 PM
Dwight Nelson, the ' I cant recall politician". I wonder if you will recall that you have lost your so-called safe seat. Dwight need manners man. I like Jus Irie comments and congratulation Portia.
the realest no fakeness
12/30/2011 - 12:42 PM
....many men are becoming women.
the realest no fakeness
12/30/2011 - 12:37 PM
@ Bogle- dont know how you get to that conclusion, but have you ever seen a female US president? No. Hilary tried and failed and she had more than just potential, she knew her stuff.
Women are very emotional and spiteful beings and are never normally great leaders, with that being said they are a few exceptions. Unfortunately, I dont think Portia is one and the Jamaican people may live to regret this.
You could say the reason US is in trouble now is because of that over respect to women.
R- Cool
12/30/2011 - 12:37 PM
In North of America the saying is an APPLE a day will keep the Doctor-away. But in Jamaica an ORANGE a day will keep the noise of the BELL-AWAY!
Mr. Mark Wignall and many more like the likes of you. TELL us in the Diaspora. Dont you OWE Mrs.Simpson an APPOLOGY with all your written negatives and insults. At least she has removed from the OLD-TIME Religion mind-set. Of which you and many a like has been still promoting through the media.
The PRINCE turned into a GREEN Lizard- PSM (orange wand)
Nadine Johnson
12/30/2011 - 12:30 PM
Congratulation to the PNP now the Jamaican people have a Government that will care trust and honest to them. Now the Office of Prime Minister can be respectful. To the PNP Bloggers congrats we hold it and do the Job. To The JLP Bloggers congrats one love we are one Jamaica.
Jus Irie
12/30/2011 - 12:29 PM
It's not a lack of good policies that was the JLP's undoing. I was arrogance pure and simple. They gloated after the narrow win in 2007 and threatened to throw corrupt PNP politicians in jail instead of working on bipartisan initiatives to stem corruption. They then went on to oversee the worst national embarrasment for the count in 30+ years. Protecting a international without proper constitutional and legal backing is no small matter. The people were watching and did not like what they saw.
R- Cool
12/30/2011 - 12:21 PM
UNTIL men and some women in Jamaica start respecting WOMEN whom are leaders, from your MOTHER to PORTIA. Then we as men will have a strong Jamaica. The personal attacking of our own HOME-GROWN of African Heritage caused the JLP the ELECTION. Gone are those days of FEMALE insults and riducling. People are more EDUCATED and can decide and think for themselves. Gone are the DAYS of influences of HEARSAYS
@ ghost rider and Nicolas Henry the race is over IFS, BUTS and MABES wont change the RESULT
Cerro Cerro1
12/30/2011 - 12:19 PM
Both parties are responsible for the state of Jamaica today; we have the same set of people going around in circle term after term no matter which party wins. The world is changing in every way and Jamaica needs new people with fresh ideas on how to run the country in the 21 century, with that said I hope Portia look deeply into her cabinet and appoint people who are serious about their jobs, and remember Jamaicans accountability must be the order of the day. Congrats PNP
Cedric Daley
12/30/2011 - 12:19 PM
Madam, Prime Minister, I say to you, "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward..." Jamaicans of all walks are proud of you and among them is Michael Manly who is smiling down on you today. You have cemented your place in the history of Jamaican politics and you must now remain a unifying force in an effort to transform the country for the benefit of all Jamaicans. I encourage you to rule with the rod of correction as you must fix all the ills of our suffering country. Heart-felt congratulations to you and the party.
stanley buffett
12/30/2011 - 12:16 PM
People it dosen`t matter what mr Nelson or MR Mullings said the jamaican people want change,what were they doing for the people just talk they had their chance
SHURMA JULIEN-MARTIN
12/30/2011 - 12:04 PM
Congratulations to Mrs.Portia Simpson-Miller on your victory.As the old saying goes"with age comes wisdom".Most of the women in Trinidad and Tobago was backing Simpson -Miller to be the next Prime Minister of Jamaica because she is more focus than Mr.Holness. Again lets show the Power of Women. One Love from T&T.
0o k
12/30/2011 - 11:35 AM
Congrats to Comrade Portia. This 2007 and this Election was possibly one of the fairest vote since 1972.
mark brown
12/30/2011 - 11:32 AM
Jamicans have voted for free handouts. The pnp is well are of this and has built there base on this. Look at how we embrace gully bank living, this kind of lifestyle flourished under the pnp administration, as a country we are doomed. WE have too much un-under educated people voting and putting the country in path of becoming the next Haiti. From what I see we are doomed.
Shorna Watson
12/30/2011 - 11:19 AM
Congrats to the PNP party, Lloyd Smith I am also happy for you. I am looking forward to you working with those folks in my home parish Montego Bay and making significant changes for the benefit of all. We need to move forward as a nation and stop this divisiveness among us. All the best.
mad max
12/30/2011 - 11:16 AM
@PL BOGLE sarah palin would disagree with that statement...
The JLP barely scrapped through the last election,when they had a near perfect campaign and the PNP was divided between Portia and peter Philips.I do not think we will see the jlp back in power for some time to come.Lets watch and see what the pnp does with this landslide victory,i am curious as to how the various unions will proceed they gave the jlp a hard time all throughout their tenure
Jay Brown
12/30/2011 - 11:07 AM
This was total demolishing of the JLP in an election that was not even close. The JLP now must go back and lick its wounds and wonder what occurred. They will note that Jamaicans should not be taken for granted and respect for the people is important.
G2K must be disbanded as they had much to do with this loss as well as the arrogance by many in the paper.
The elections are over but we still have a debt ridden country to work with and that is now the biggest challange for all of us.
Stephen Fox
12/30/2011 - 11:07 AM
Portia delivered a gracious victory speech. It was a uniting speech. She spoke to all sectors of the society in a way that shows deep reflection. The people delivered a fair result and their democratic will has to be respected. The JLP knew this was coming. There was a price to be paid for Dudus and Manatt. All the best to the new members of parliament. Get back to work!
Cinderella G
12/30/2011 - 10:34 AM
waii waiii, woii, woii, where are the bloggers, where are the JLP apologists weh dem deh. A wonder how many resignations are in order. At my work place I can of at least 30. This is what cockiness and false modesty combined with disrespect for people brings. So after all one don't need the gift of gab to win an election, who can't talk now...........lol
Kingston Bailliff
12/30/2011 - 10:28 AM
Should be a tough day for many, including the Jamaica Observer team. Big up to Clovis...took some courage to draw today's cartoon.
Authnel Reid
12/30/2011 - 10:14 AM
I think the People have repudiated Bishop Blair AL Miller and other who use and abuse the bible. Daryl Vaz, Clive Mulling (looser)and others in the JLP were shameless in using gays as political issue.
Hugh Maxwell
12/30/2011 - 10:14 AM
What a flogging JLP get. First one term government and the youngest serving PM in JA history. While I was also in my corner calling for Portia to step down. Let me also be the one to congratulate her. You have to respect a person who the people voted for so overwhelmingly. She has prevailed and it makes me take a 2nd look at her. Honestly she is a force to reckon with, With all the onslaught, she has great strength
Help Us Jesus
12/30/2011 - 9:59 AM
While i don't see much difference in both parties and it was just a matter of changing one for another. I am happy the we got rid of some of the arrogant people in the house. People like Bobby Montique Well you learn to talk to people them you are more than welcome to return because i think you could be a great leader if you knew how to talk to people. And I think that was a part of why the JLP lost. Now all they have to do is re-asesst their lost and don't blame anyone. PNP remember 5 only yrs
HOPEFUL JAMAICAN
12/30/2011 - 9:32 AM
Not a landslide but the PNP's victory was comprehensive. All the negative ads, all the biased reporting/cartoons, the slanted polls, the dirty tricks and tactics have been repudiated by the electorate. The JLP campaigned negatively and ignored the ordinary Jamaican's plight, added to the many incidences of scandal and corruption. Hoping the PNP moves Jamaica forward in this very difficult time. Now they actually have to govern. Less waste of the scarce resources please.
ghost rider
12/30/2011 - 9:32 AM
Mr. Samuda is correct; the Dudus/Manatt affair mortally hurt the government, but it is no use blaming Mr. Golding solely for the debacle. The cabinet well knew what Mr. Golding was doing, even Mr. Holness who was leader of government business but tried to distance himself from the affair.
The JLP lost for many reasons, but mainly because of its arrogance, its lies and corruption. But they also lost because of their inability to accept responsibility for their actions. They kept harping back at the “sins” of the PNP (especially Mike Henry and Vaz), without realizing that the people had already punished the party for this. They were elected for what they promised; and not to be constantly told about what the PNP did.

Nicolas Henry
12/30/2011 - 9:14 AM
The PNP hit with JEEP, & with PJ coming from retirement endorsing crash program wrk, wrk that many Jmcns for generation have benefited from, pushed this huge win for the PNP. Most Jmcns don't think long term period. They vote based on how much food is in their stomach at the time of voting or how much $$ in their wallet at voting time. I'm glad the PNP won because, now, they're the ones that must deliver on all the promises made, promises thats impossible to keep during this world recession.
Nicolas Henry
12/30/2011 - 9:06 AM
Lets face it,JA is a welfare state & was made so by the PNP & Manley in the 70s. The JLP won the 1980 election bcuz Manley could not deliver welfare benefits has promised. The JLP remained in office during the 80s because PNP didn't contest the 1983 elections & Seaga extended welfare benefits by subsidizing the cost of food from the budget. 07 Election was measly won by the JLP bcuz they further welfare benefits with free Health care and free tuition. Now PNP hit back with JEEP crash program.
PL BOGLE
12/30/2011 - 9:05 AM
I'm so happy I have the opportunity to say this, one of the primary reasons why the USA is such a strong and great country is because they uphold great respect for women. Jamaicans both men and women should followed this ritual, and never underestimate the Power of a Woman. One Love.
Carlos Bryson
12/30/2011 - 8:57 AM
Congratulations are in order for both the way the Jamaican electorate conducted themselves and the PNP for their voctory. It's a great day for the Jamaican nation.Transparency and accountability must now form the foundation of this new administration..
Anthony II
12/30/2011 - 8:54 AM
Thanks, Jamaica, for confining people such as Clive Mullings and Dwight Nelson to where they belong: on the back pages (garbage heaps?) of political history! I hope that you will all continue to send a message that you will reject consorts with common criminals who come with their messages of hate, prejudice, and, ultimately, divisiveness. Thanks for rejecting people who think that they could call ANY Jamaican a "mantu" from a political platform. Thanks for rejecting such boorishness!