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Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller announced that Jamaica will go to the polls on February 25, 2016. This is the 17th General Elections to be held in Jamaica’s history.

Speaking before a mass gathering, revealing a ‘sea’ of orange clad supporters, the Prime Minister also announced that nomination day is February 9.

The country has been on election watch for several months. Many thought that it would have been last year. However, a slew of problems hit the party including a minor health crisis in which 18 babies died in the hospitals of a mysterious illness.

However, foremost among the problems was an unusually high number of selection problems in SE St Ann, NE St Elizabeth and our own North Trelawny.

PNP Crowd Half-Way-Tree 201

Indeed, here in Trelawny, there is talk of comrades boycotting the elections if the current candidate, JP White is not replaced. Too late for that. The Prime Minister has called it, and White will be the candidate. The question here is, will the comrades have the power to boycott or will it be party first over what they consider to be principle? Read about their story here.


The Jamaica Observer

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Jamaicans will go to the polls on February 25, 2016.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement a short while ago at a People’s National Party (PNP) mass rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

Nomination day is set for Tuesday, February 9.

This will be the country’s 17th general election since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944 and the PNP leader’s second time making the announcement.

Seeking her own mandate, Simpson Miller in 2007 sent Jamaicans to the polls on August 27. The PNP went on to lose to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) having secured 27 of the 60 seats in Parliament.

Four years on, Simpson Miller is seeking to make this election the PNP’s 10th win.

The JLP has won elections seven times.



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