Portia-led PNP swept back into power in JA

PM-designate Portia Simpson Miller surrounded by supporters on her way to vote this morning. Photo credit: Ian Allen/Jamaica Gleaner

Oh what interesting political times we have seen in the Caribbean this last month!

In Jamaica, cries of “power” are ringing out across the land as the People’s National Party, led by Portia Simpson-Miller has been swept back into office.

Jamaica’s PM-for-a-day (ok, ok two months), the Jamaica Labour Party’s Andrew Holness must certainly be rueing his decision to call a snap election now with the Electoral Office of JA now predicting a landslide 40-23 victory for the PNP.

Sista P on the other hand must be relieved as all hell. Her political career was on the line today – if she had lost, the sharpened knives that have been out for her since 2005 would have chopped her to teensy little bits.

People’s heads are spinning right now. First thing, all polls predicted a tight election with a statistical dead heat between the PNP and the JLP. So, what the hell happened to that?

Then, there are the implications for other countries like Barbados, where similar results in St. Lucia at the end of November caused nervousness among the ruling party that they too could be another one-term government.

And of course it raised the specter that Holness called the elections too fast.

Plenty time to ruminate on all of that now.

2 comments for “Portia-led PNP swept back into power in JA

  1. Lynn J
    December 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

    At the end of the day, what do all of these entrenched political parties bring to the new Caribbean?

  2. Grace Waite
    December 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Congratulations, Jamaica, on a drama free Election Day. I am pleased that voters chose the best person for the job. A wise and strong woman can hold us together as a nation. Mr. Holness, unfortunately, lacks a warrior’s wisdom and would end up pulling us further into a maelstrom of conflict and desolation as a nation. It is time for us as a nation to look beyond our wants and pay attention to our collective needs. Leadership. Future. Prosperity. The only sad outcome of this election is that Lisa Hanna will be photographed again handing out free chicken back from the trunk of her Mercedes.

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