Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 JLP will take 9 councils, PNP 5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/JLP-will-take-9-councils--PNP-5_82205 THE final count of ballots from divisions contested in Monday’s local government election show that the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will end up controlling nine councils to five for the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP). Elections Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Battle for the West http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Battle-for-the-West-JLP--PNP-confident-of-winning-majority-of-divisions-------_81825 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The two major political parties are brimming with confidence of gaining control of the majority of parish councils across western Jamaica in tomorrow’s local government election. Local News Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 4,837 can’t vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/4-837-can-t-voteElectors-in-two-divisions-unable-to-cast-ballot-for-mayor-of-Portmore-------_81626 THOUSANDS of electors will not be allowed to vote for mayor in the Portmore Municipal Council, next Monday, based on this week’s Supreme Court ruling that elections be held using the 2003 boundaries. Local News Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT North-easterners speak on local government http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/North-easterners-speak--on-local-government-------_81081 Ahead of the November 28 Local Government elections, the Jamaica Observer North and East team visited sections of St Mary, Portland and St Thomas to find out from residents in these areas what local government means to them? Here are their responses. Local News Mon, 21 Nov 2016 01:00:00 GMT Candidates sign code of conduct but breaches continue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Candidates-sign-code-of-conduct-but-breaches-continue_81128 POLITICAL Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown will today continue the programme of formal signing of agreement of the political code of conduct leading up to the local government poll, with candidates for the 40 Corporate Area divisions this morning. Local News Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT PNP can retake the country — Simpson Miller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/PNP-can-retake-the-country---Simpson-Miller_81121 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Leader of the Opposition People’s National (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller told supporters in Manchester on the weekend that it is possible for the party to “retake the country” through the upcoming local government election and urged them not to lose sight of its significance. Elections Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Newcomers say they’re answering the people’s call in St Thomas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Newcomers-say-they-re-answering-the-people-s-call-in-St-Thomas_80754 If it were up to Dean Jones and Daveon McKenzie, their contribution to the local government election swould probably only be to cast their ballot. But after coaxing from members in their communities, the men decided to toss their hats in the ring and contend for seats in the St Thomas Parish Council. Local News Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Independent candidate Wint confident he’ll win Malvern Division http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Independent-candidate-Wint-confident-he-ll-win-Malvern-Division_80760 Mervyn Wint has become quite familiar with the signing of the political code of conduct. Thursday marked the second time this year that he affixed his signature to the document. Central News Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Independent candidate withdraws http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Independent-candidate-withdraws_80552 MARLON Mitchell, the independent candidate for the Bellefield Division in Manchester Central, has formally withdrawn his candidacy from the 2016 Local Government Elections, the Electoral Office of Jamaica has said. Local News Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Outgoing mayor of Mandeville says council must continue good work http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Brenda-s-charge_80355 Mandeville Local News Mon, 14 Nov 2016 01:00:00 GMT Nomination day in central Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Nomination-day-in-central-Jamaica_80367 Member of Parliament for Clarendon South East Rudyard Spencer is confident of a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) sweep of the four divisions in his constituency come the local gonernment elections on November 28. Central News Mon, 14 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Trump victory influences local government vibe in St Thomas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Trump-victory-influences-local-government-vibe-in-St-Thomas_80278 The surprise win for President-elect Donald Trump in the United States presidential election seemed to have energised candidates vying for positions in the St Thomas Parish Council. Local News Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:00:00 GMT Nordeen McKenzie wants to unseat mayor, but Mathison confident http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Nordeen-McKenzie-wants-to-unseat-mayor--but-Mathison-confident_80253 Nordeen McKenzie has taken the “bold move” to rectify what she says has gone wrong in the Bath Division of the St Thomas Parish Council. Local News Sun, 13 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT 490 nominated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/490-nominated_80190 FOUR hundred and ninety candidates were yesterday nominated to contest the 228 parish council divisions and the mayorship for the Portmore Municipal Council for the November 28 local government elections. Local News Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT JLP predicts 9 of 13 seats in St Mary; PNP says it will retain council http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/JLP-predicts-9-of-13-seats-in-St-Mary--PNP-says-it-will-retain-council_80251 FORMER minority leader in the St Mary Parish Council and incumbent candidate for the Richmond Division in St Mary South East, Richard Creary, says he is expecting the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to win nine of the 13 divisions in St Mary, which would give the party control of the council. Local News Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Khajeel Mais’ mom running on PNP ticket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Khajeel-Mais--mom-running-on-PNP-ticket_80267 ALLANA Mais, mother of Khajeel Mais, who was murdered in July 2011, said yesterday that she was not seeking to gain political advantage from her son’s murder trial. Elections Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT PNP keeping campaign for KSAC low-keyed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/PNP-keeping-campaign-for-KSAC-low-keyed_80247 The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is keeping its Local Government election campaign for the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation low-keyed, but is hoping to hold on to its majority in the council on November 28. Local News Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT It’s Nomination Day for local government elections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/It-s-Nomination-Day-for-local-government-elections_80165 CLOSE to 500 candidates are likely to be nominated today to contest 229 positions, including a direct election of the mayor of Portmore, in the 2016 local government elections on November 28. Elections Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:00:00 GMT Black pastors issue urgent plea to voters at Sunday services http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Black-pastors-issue-urgent-plea-to-voters-at-Sunday-services_79699 DETROIT, United States (AP) — At Sunday services, in rallies and on social media, black pastors urged congregants to vote, hoping to inspire a late flood of African-American turnout that could help propel Democrat Hillary Clinton to victory in critical swing states tomorrow. Local News Mon, 07 Nov 2016 02:00:00 GMT Clinton over Trump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Clinton-over-Trump_78954 New York, USA-If Jamaicans in the United States have their way on November 8, 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will be America’s first woman president. Elections Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:00:00 GMT JLP victory in St Elizabeth pivotal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/JLP-victory-in-St-Elizabeth-pivotal_53796 Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — The betting always was that the winner in St Elizabeth would take the February 25 National Parliamentary Election. So it proved. Local News Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Incumbent MP says he can breathe easier with magisterial recount out of the way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Green-relief-_53754 Member of Parliament for St Mary South Eastern Dr Winston Green is a relieved man today, following a tense magisterial recount that prolonged his stay at Jamaica’s seat of Parliament — Gordon House. Local News Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT PM offers hope, pledges path to prosperity through partnership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/PM-offers-hope--pledges-path-to-prosperity-through-partnership_53566 JAMAICA’s ninth prime minister, Andrew Michael Holness, yesterday offered new hope to many Jamaicans as he pledged to lead the country on a path to prosperity through partnership with various stakeholders, including the private sector and the Opposition. Elections Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaicans vote for change and unity in nail-biter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Jamaicans-vote-for-change-and-unity-in-nail-biter_53439 “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Elections Fri, 04 Mar 2016 03:00:00 GMT The results are in http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/The-results-are-in_53399 Congratulations are in order to Andrew Holness and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for winning the February 2016 General Election. Elections Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT