Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Election 2020: JLP on course for landslide victory at polls

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet Holness, of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, show their fingers after voting in Thursday's general elections.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet Holness, of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, show their fingers after voting in Thursday's general elections.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is on course to score a landslide victory over the People’s National Party (PNP) in the 18th parliamentary elections since the granting of universal adult suffrage in 1944.

Several longstanding stalwarts in the PNP are being swept aside in a JLP wave that was predicted by several opinion polls.

With Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips indicating earlier Thursday that he would retire if the PNP loses and with several of his likely successors seemingly about to lose their seats, the PNP seems to be in a quandary.

The likes of Peter Bunting, Ian Hayles, Horace Dalley, Wykeham McNeill, Luther Buchanan and Dr Dayton Campbell are in trouble with several set to lose their seats in traditional PNP strongholds. Lisa Hanna in South East St Ann is struggling to hold on to a seat the PNP has never lost.

Victor Wright is trailing in North Trelawny and Basil Waite is also trailing in North East St Elizabeth, a seat the PNP only lost in the 1980 general election.

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