The PNP Wins 2011 Jamaica Elections Convincingly
Portia Simpson Miller -Jamaica's PNP Leader
Soure: Go Jamaica
It's official! The opposition People's National Party has won the 2011 elections here in Jamaica by a convincing margin.
The initial count shows that they were successful in 41 of the 63 seats. The JLP managed only 22.
However with that said, this election recorded one of the lowest voter turnout -as only 41% of voters turned out to cast their ballots - based on earlier reports.
Party Leader and Prime Minister designate, Portia Simpson Miller, who was very emotional in the beginning of her victory speech, delivered a controlled and conciliatory response.
She started by reciting Psalm 19 vs 14:
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
She went on to thank the people and the little children that greeted her on the campaign trail.
In a speech punctuated by timely & related songs by the party's DJ, she thanked the outgoing Prime Minister, Andrew Hollness for calling and congratulating her earlier.
She went on to thank the other Caricom leaders who called, the party supporters, the media and the security forces.
She indicated that all Jamaica, including business people and investors now have a government that can be trusted.
She commended all her candidates and made special mentions, including some that made upsets and some that lost. She also asked her supporters to embraced the losing party supporters who are now saddened.
This result surprised many, including perhaps the PNP themselves! The were optimistic of victory, but certainly not by this margin.
Political commentators have attributed this victory mainly in part to the party's local organization on the voting day; they were the party that clearly was able to get their core voters out when it matters most, election day.
All the pollsters were basically predicting a close election, with the veteran Don Anderson the only one bravely predicting a PNP win. He was surely vindicated today as he was under tremendous pressure.
None of the third parties won a seat.
The honeymoon period will have to be brief for the PNP though, as with a tough(er) global economic climate looming, high unemployment, increasing poverty, and great demands for economic stability, they will be hard-pressed to deliver on their promises of a brighter and more prosperous Jamaica for all.My-Island-Jamaica.com
congratulates the PNP and Ms Portia Simpson-Miller on their victory and wish for them the best in governance.
1: Jamaica 2011 election preparations update
2: The 2007 election results