Good Morning JAMAICA! JLP’s 31 To PNP’s 29 But Simpson-Miller Says It Is Not Over Yet…

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Let’s Start With Caribbean Lionesse Blog…

“Well the results are in for the Jamaican elections – 31-29.

Not good. Not good at all. A result this close can only bring more political tension.”

Caribbean Lionese goes on to report that PNP leader Portia Simpson-Miller has refused to concede and is claiming that two of the rival candidates for the JLP (who won their seats) are Americans and therefore banned from candidacy under the laws of Jamaica.

Check out Caribbean Lioness and also her articles at Caribbean Collective.

(Side message for Amanda… Cliverton says Hi!)

Jamaica Observer Newspaper

A sample of election news at the Jamaica Observer gives little hope that the election will end soon or gracefully.

A triple murder of JLP supporters in broad daylight on Monday was apparently politically motivated. The paper reports that it “looks like” PNP supporters gunned down four JLP supporters. Earlier that morning two PNP supporters were shot in their home by suspected JLP supporters. One died. The police said they could not establish a motive, but the PNP isn’t buying that conclusion.

Also on Monday afternoon, PNP candidate Paul Lyn was attacked by a mob as he left a polling station. The response by the JLP candidate upon hearing of the attack says everything about Jamaican politics. From the Jamaican Observer…

When contacted, the JLP candidate Audley Shaw said while he was not justifying the alleged attack, Lyn should have known better.

“He knows that that area is a strong, strong JLP area and going there is inviting problems.. and Mr Lyn knows it,” Shaw said.

“I’m absolutely condemning any such acts against Mr Lyn or his agents,” he added.

The PNP is claiming that many of their supporters were violently prevented from entering polling stations to vote and wants all ballots voided in three areas where they lost. The problem even extended into the Prime Minister’s constituency.

From the Jamaican Observer…

Nine Deaths Reported Over Weekend

Bunting Claims Shootings Politically Motivated

PNP’s Lynn Wants Ballots Voided In Three PDs

Stone-Throwing Melee Mars Mellow Mood In Portia’s Constituency

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Jamaican Lifestyle Blog

Jamaican Girl is careful on her blog to wish well to all candidates and parties, but when you read her purpose for starting the blog, you see that her neutral election position is a continuation of her blog’s principles…

“I am a Jamaican woman who wants to see her country prosper, despite the odds. I am not one of those looking for a lame politician to predict my future because I know not one of them can! Most Jamaicans have this tendency to believe that these people who are “in charge” of the country are REALLY in charge. My purpose is to educate the common man so that he/she can see who/what directs the future of Jamaica! I promise to be blunt and scathing as I laugh each day at the nonsense that goes on in this our Jamaica.”

Well said, Jamaican Girl. We wish you and your country all the best.

You can see what Jamaican Girl has to say about the elections at Jamaican Lifestyle.

Stunner’s Afflictions

“But the ads and motorcades are only the milder sides of elections, Jamaican style. There is a much darker, sinister side of elections. The wave of political violence that sweeps across the country like a terrible tsunami, claiming lives and leaving a trail of tears and blood…”

Jamaican blogger Stunner spent the election weekend holed up in his room with the shades drawn and the door locked. Compelling reading at Stunner’s Afflictions (link here)

Final Word On Jamaica’s Election

We’ll give the final word on Jamaica’s election to Amanda at Caribbean Lioness. From her article If 10-1 Is Murder, What Is 30-30?

“Anyhow, enough with the doom and gloom. Elections are on today, people are out to make an important decision and as they go out to do so, I think it would be appropriate to invoke the words of the Jamaican anthem:

Eternal father, bless our land
Guide us with thy mighty hand
Keep us from evil powers
Be our light through countless hours
To our leaders, Great Defender
Grant true wisdom from above
Justice, truth be ours forever
Jamaica, land we love.

And I do love you JA. God be with you all today.”

… from the Caribbean Lioness article If 10-1 Is Murder, What Is 30-30?

19 Comments

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19 responses to “Good Morning JAMAICA! JLP’s 31 To PNP’s 29 But Simpson-Miller Says It Is Not Over Yet…

  1. Lady Anon

    I am no political pundit, but a high voter turnout seems to always spell trouble for the incumbent party. O$A and the BLP better watch out.

  2. Rumplestilskin

    A disgrace, her party beaten and the outgoing PM refusing top concede.

    Really quite low behaviour, going against the wisjhes of the people.

    Just how many potential dictators do we have in the Caribbean?

  3. Anonymous X

    Lady Anon,’
    I think voter turn out was some 5 % lower than it was on the day of the last election. Perhaps this is why it was so close.

  4. crossroads

    VOTE FOR THE PERSON
    NOT FOR THE PARTY
    WE NEED A STRONG OPPOSITION

    This is what Jamacia will have with 29-31, we need similar in Barbados

  5. Anonymous

    Aren’t they so beautifully civilized, in Jamaica?

    Do you think maybe it’s true that Jamaica received the absolute dregs of the slave trade?

    Luckily, Barbados got the best slaves
    (we’re at the head of the selection line)
    but by the time the boats got to the end of the line(Jamaica)
    they got the leff-leff that no planters,in any of the other islands in between, wanted!

    No wonder they’re like this, today!
    Just shootin and a-killin each other,
    having a grand ole time.

    Keep me FAR frum dah place, yuh heer?

  6. Anonymous

    “Just how many potential dictators do we have in the Caribbean?” – you ask…

    You don’t seriously want a response to that,do you?

  7. The People’s Democratic Congress (PDC) urges potential/Barbadian Voters to at this moment reflect on the St. Lucia election, the Bahamas election, and, now, the Jamaica election, and to seriously analyse their results against the backbrop of this beleaguered BLP Government continuing to grossly and reckless mismanage and maladministrate the political and other affairs of this country.

    Certainly, the Barbados electorate does not have to depend on the St. Lucian, Bahamian and Jamaican electorates for any lessons in changing governments in Barbados, but the fact is that as a result of that Jamaican electoral contest, the Barbadian electorate will bristle with greater confidence and assurance in knowledge of the fact that this BLP Government must be voted to HELL OUT OF OFFICE come Next Elections in Barbados.

    With the Electoral Office of Jamaica pronouncing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as the provisional victors over the People’s National Party (PNP) in a closely fought election contest, the closest national electoral result ever in Jamaican politics, (the JLP receiving 31 seats to the PNP’s 29 seats), and which political pollsters in Jamaica would have long predicted would have happened, it must be still very bruising that Jamaica remains at this time in a state of political uncertainty and limbo and with the risk of much political turmoil presenting itself, as a result of the leader of the People’s National Party not finding it necessary, at least not yet, to concede defeat at the hands of the JLP.

    Quite unlike this Jamaica situation of the polling result being so close, we in Barbados will NOT see such a thing as that whereas the PNP, as far as we are aware, would only have had two opposition parties going up against it, in Barbados, there are three opposition parties going up against this ossie moore BLP Government, which all current major political indicators suggest will comfortably loose the next Elections in Barbados.

    PDC has been working at the ground level ( house to house canvassing in some St. Michael constituencies, liasing with some representatives of community groups in Barbados) for a long time, and therefore we have long sensed the general mood and attitude ( major political indicators ) of the Baarbadian electorate toward this BLP Government. The mood and attitude of Barbadians towards that this BLP Government are that Barbadians are sick, tired and fed up with this BLP Government, so much so that 7 out of 10 people who we talk with and who intend to vote Next Election are NOT going to Vote for this BLP.

  8. Wishing in Vain

    “Just how many potential dictators do we have in the Caribbean?” – you ask…

    The potential went out of ours a long time ago he is a full fledged dictator running a mickey mouse cabinet and overseeeing the largest corruption scam this country has ever had cast upom it.

  9. Wishing in Vain

    Hopefully Owing will have the decency to concede once the results are known, unlike the PM there.
    The people wanted a change of gov’t and they went out and voted for that change to take place, it will not happen by staying at home and wishing it to happen.
    The Barbadian people need to get out and make their vote count and get us back on track to honesty and to get ministers that understand that they are there to serve the people and not the other way around.
    And that they are not there to raped the country of every cent they can do.

  10. Thistle

    Wishing in Vain:

    Are you seriously using the name “Owing” and the word “decency” in the same sentence???!

  11. Wishing in Vain

    sorry, sorry sorry that is a real bad crime.

  12. crossroads

    Go back to your hole PDC.

  13. Caribbean Collective

    Hi Cliverton. 😉
    Amanda/Caribbean Lionesse

  14. Wishing in Vain

    I trust and hope that when our time comes that the margin will be much wider than what they have there, hopefully with Mottley, Owing, Lynch, Marshall, Wood, Payne, Prescod Walcott all being displaced and replaced.

  15. Caribbean Collective

    I have uploaded more analysis of the elections (mostly backgrounders on some of the characters) at Caribbean Lionesse – http://caribbeanlionesse.blogspot.com.

    More to come at the Collective later on…

  16. whew it’s still close and Sister P ain’t letting go!

  17. jamaicangirl2007

    Hi Guys…thanks for posting my “bio” on your blog. Yes, I try to stay neutral even though I get a lot of feisty email saying “You a comrade nuh?” and “You a Labourite nuh?”. I am just a Jamaican woman who has lived through both administrations and I hope that no matter who turns out to be the winner tonight (or by the end of the week), that Jamaica wins in all of this. The talk shows were loaded with calls today, most from working class people who are vexed that Portia didn’t win. What i found funny is that people are calling in already to ask back for the school fees they have already paid up and asking when their school fees will be paid. (kids fees that is). So the JLP has a mighty task on its hands. I really do wish the winner the best of luck and hope that whatever they do, they do NOT return to mulitlateral agencies. That is all I ask. Please continue to drop in and make comments and I will be updating my post regularly.

    Peace..JG.

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