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.
(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…
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.
“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?