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  • Tears flow at PNP Headquarters after crushing defeat

    A People's National Party (PNP) supporter hugged a reporter in the thinning crowd at the PNP headquarters and wept.

    "Mi caa believe this," she said with tears in her eyes.

    "How this fi happen?" The tears now running down her cheeks, she stretched her orange T-shirt and dabbed at her eyes, and walked away.

    She wasn't the only one in tears after it was announced on TV that the opposition JLP had unseated the PNP.

    But before the tears and the heartache, the PNP supporters gathered at the party's headquarters were taken on a roller coaster of emotions, from celebratory to dejection as both parties switched leads on several occasions.

    For an extended period when the JLP lead the seat count, PNP supporters sat where they could on the PNP compound and others stood, silent, sombre, their vuvuzelas quit. They stared at the giant screen displaying TVJ announcing the ballot counts, looking for hope, something, anything that could shake them from this bad dream that no one saw coming.

    Then hope came, and the vuvuzelas started blaring again, the cheers returned and eyes lit up as incumbent Julian Robinson was announced to have retained his South East St Andrew seat.

    More reasons to celebrate: The PNP had regained the lead in the seat count.

    But the unease that had fled faces moments earlier soon returned as the count came down to the wire and it was clear that the JLP would form the next government, booting the formidable PNP from office, only after a term of governance.

    "We will be back next time," Ronald Thwaites told stunned supporters struggling to process the news.

    Some supporters appeared to be in a daze and they stood looking at the giant screen probably hoping that there would be a clarification of the issue from the TVJ presenter. The only thing that came was confirmation that JLP leader Andrew Holness would be Jamaica's next prime minister, that he had won his first mandate from the people.

    Soon, the people left the compound and gathered, but in front of a stage set up on a closed off section of Old Hope Road, where Portia Simpson Miller had hoped to deliver another victory speech. 

    What came later, though, was a concession speech and numerous efforts by party bigwigs to salve the wounds of the deflated supporters.

    Women cried and many were too grief-stricken to speak to reporters.

    "I don't feel good," one woman said. "The people didn't turn out. I didn't expect this. I did not," said supporter Carrol Jackson, as she sat under a tree by herself.

    One of the MPs asked for "PNP music" to cheer the crowd. Those MPs tried dancing but appeared lifeless.  The small crowd was no different.

    Later, when Phillip Paulwell addressed the gathering, he said: "There is nothing to be ashamed about."

     

     

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  • Analysts advise J'cans not to expect JLP's plans to be implemented now

    Some Analysts and Politicians are advising Jamaicans not to expect the new JLP government to immediately implement its Income Tax rate policy. 
     
    The NDM's Bobby Marsh cautioned public sector workers to realise that a such a policy would take time, as it would have to be in phases. 
     
    And the JLP's Robert Miller, while congratulating the JLP, hailed Andrew Holness for his steadfastness in leading the party to victory. 
     
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  • Analysts advise J'cans not to expect JLP's plans to be implemented now

    Some Analysts and Politicians are advising Jamaicans not to expect the new JLP government to immediately implement its Income Tax rate policy. 
     
    The NDM's Bobby Marsh cautioned public sector workers to realise that a such a policy would take time, as it would have to be in phases. 
     
    And the JLP's Robert Miller, while congratulating the JLP, hailed Andrew Holness for his steadfastness in leading the party to victory. 
     
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  • Jamaicans vote for 'more pay'! JLP wins Election!

    The Jamaica Labour Party has sent the People’s National Party back into Opposition, delivering a crushing defeat to the incumbent in the 17th General Election since Adult Suffrage in 1944.

    With 63 parliamentary seats up for grabs, the JLP is expected to win 33 seats to the PNP’s 30.

    Pundits had anticipated a tight contest between the country’s two main political parties.

    The PNP, led by outgoing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, was seeking a second consecutive term. Boasting its achievement of passing 10 IMF tests under the economic reform programme,  the party had urged Jamaicans to 'stay the course'  and not be swayed by "empty promises" being made by the Andrew Holness-led JLP.

    The most publicised 'promise' of them all was the JLP’s vow to remove personal income tax for everyone who earns a basic salary of $1.5 million or less per year. It was part of a 10-Point Plan for Growth and Job Creation presented by Holness and the JLP earlier this month.

    Critics, including Finance Minister and PNP campaign director Dr Peter Phillips, blasted the plan as “unworkable”. But the promise resonated with many Jamaicans, who have been facing economic hardship under the very austere IMF programme.

    “The PNP are arrogant and the Jamaican people have spoken,” declared senior JLP member, Delroy Chuck amid jubilant supporters at the party headquarters at Belmont Road, Kingston on Thursday.

    Holness led Jamaica for just over two months before his party lost 2011 elections by a 2-1 margin.

    Simpson Miller became Jamaica's first female leader during a year-and-a-half stint in office that ended in 2007 with a defeat to the then Bruce Golding-led JLP.  She was returned as Prime Minister in 2011.

     

     

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  • Prime Minister-elect Holness vows to keep campaign promises

    Prime Minister-elect Andrew Holness vowed on Thursday to deliver on his campaign promises and change “the way government works” by offering more transparency and accountability.

    “We have carried a message of hope,” Holness said. “A message that Jamaica can  be a better place.”

    He continued: “The people of Jamaica have accepted our message but this is not the end of a journey. It is the beginning of changing Jamaica.”

    Holness’ Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) sent the People’s National Party (PNP) back into opposition, delivering a crushing 33 to 30 seat defeat to the incumbent.

    The JLP won against the background of a strong election campaign in which it vowed to remove personal income tax for everyone who earns a basic salary of $1.5 million or less per year.

    It was part of a 10-Point Plan for Growth and Job Creation presented by Holness and the JLP earlier this month.

    “The cost of victory is accountability… to keep the commitments that we have made,” Holness said.

     

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