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 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 EOJ to advise GG of official election results by Wednesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/EOJ-to-advise-GG-of-official-election-results-by-Wednesday KINGSTON, Jamaica — Release of the official results of Thursday’s general election has been delayed by another 24 hours, Director of Elections Orrette Fisher confirmed this morning. Local News Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:04:18 GMT Director of Elections denies ballot boxes missing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Director-of-Elections-denies-ballot-boxes-missing KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has denied that ballot boxes from Thursday’s general election have been tampered with, thrown away or are missing. Local News Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:38:17 GMT PM, JLP, political ombudsman remind J’cans that recount is normal process http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Be-calm_53128 AS the recounting process of ballot boxes continue, tensions remain high in both political parties. Local News Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Green says focus on issues helped him win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Green-says-focus-on-issues-helped-him-win_53094 ATTORNEY-AT-LAW and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament-elect for St Elizabeth South Western Floyd Green has attributed his success in last Thursday’s general election to hard work, communication, a dedicated campaign team, and a strong social media presence. Elections Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT 3 dead in confrontation with cops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/3-dead-in-confrontation-with-cops_53157 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Independent Commission of Investigations has been called on to probe the shooting of four men, three fatally, who allegedly engaged members of the St James police in firefights in two separate incidents in the parish between Saturday evening and yesterday afternoon. Local News Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT JLP supporters celebrate party’s victory in St Mary, St Ann http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/JLP-supporters-celebrate-party---s-victory-in-St-Mary--St-Ann_53004 It was a jubilant mood in South West St Ann on Thursday night into Friday morning as Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters not only celebrated the return of their party to power, but the return of that constituency to the party. Local News Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fierce North East Battle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Fierce-NE-Battle_53022 In Elections Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Bright future lies in store for St Thomas’ — Robertson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/-Bright-future-lies-in-store-for-St-Thomas----Robertson_53136 James Robertson, who retained the St Thomas Western seat in the preliminary results for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), says he has no intention of changing his representational style with his latest triumph. Elections Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Change method of campaigning, urges T&T pollster http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Change-method-of-campaigning--urges-T-T-pollster Derek Ramsamooj, the Trinidad-based political scientist whose polls for the February 25 general election predicted a win for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the marginal seats, which proved crucial to the JLP’s win, says the traditional methods of campaigning used in the Westminster system 20 years ago now needs to undergo transformation. Local News Sun, 28 Feb 2016 02:54:42 GMT Photo: Damion's ride http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Photo--Damion-s-ride Local News Sun, 28 Feb 2016 01:31:36 GMT Behind that JLP win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Behind-that-JLP-win_53107 The campaign that helped the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) win last Thursday’s general election was a carefully crafted and co-ordinated operation utilising data gathered from a survey conducted in the marginal constituencies over three weeks. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Voter turnout sinks to lowest in nation’s history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Voter-turnout-sinks-to-lowest-in-nation-s-history_52895 Thursday’s turnout of 47.7 per cent voters for the nation’s 17th General Election was the lowest since universal adult suffrage in 1944. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Youth tell why they abstained http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Youth-tell-why-they-abstained_53076 Voter turnout in the recent general election hit an all-time low since 1983 when the People’s National Party boycotted the election. The Electoral Office of Jamaica’s preliminary count revealed that Thursday’s election saw a 47.7 per cent turnout. Several of Jamaica’s youth abstained from the polls, and the Jamaica Observer’s Yakum Fitz-Henley ascertained some reasons for their action. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Some General Election 2016 tidbits http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Some-General-Election-2016-tidbits_53042 The results of the general election held on Thursday are in and have now become a part of the country’s history. As with all general elections since the advent of Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944, there were moments to remember and those we would want to forget. Local News Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Why I didn’t vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Why-I-didn-t-vote_53061 ‘It is your right to vote’ is the statement touted to Jamaicans as the election campaign machineries were set in motion. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT How the PNP lost the marginals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/How-the-PNP-lost-the-marginals_53060 In my pre-election analysis, I indicated that the only way the JLP could form a Government was by taking at least 11 of the 13 marginal constituencies held by the PNP, assuming they held onto their current 21 seats and there was no pick-up by the PNP. A most unlikely scenario. Or was it? Well, this is precisely the feat that the JLP managed to pull off after the smoke had cleared on Election Day…with one seat to spare. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Rushing a rasta man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Photo--Rushing-a-rasta-man_53093 Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party chastise this Rastafarian man who stopped his motor vehicle outside a polling station in St Catherine Central to urge them not to vote for any politician. The women did not approve of the message and proceeded to tear up a banner that was inside the back of the vehicle. Police later intervened and separated the disputing parties. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Local News Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Election day wounding not politically linked, Manchester police insist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/Election-day-wounding-not-politically-linked--Manchester-police-insist_53095 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — An altercation in the parish on election day has left one man with knife wounds and another set to answer to the charge of wounding with intent in court. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT The election outcome and the predominance of workers’ interest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/The-election-outcome-and-the-predominance-of-workers--interest_53086 The final outcome of the country’s 2016 General Elections has made one thing clear, and that is the interest of the working class has predominated over all other interests in the election campaign. Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTOS: The sights of election day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/elections/news/The-sights-of-election-day_53085 Here are some pictorial scenes from sections of the Corporate Area on general election day, Thursday, February 25: Elections Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT