Mom and sons vote for change

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Jo­van John­son Staff Re­porter jo­van.john­son@glean­erjm.com

Daphne Henry leads her blind son, Otis Henry (right), and son Oraine Henry to vote at Red Hills Pri­mary School in St Andrew yes­ter­day.

SEVENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Daphne Henry says she and her fam­ily were among the elec­tors who voted for the vic­to­ri­ous Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) in the Red Hills di­vi­sion with on thing in mind: “change”.

Henry yes­ter­day led her two sons – one of whom is blind – to vote at the Red Hills Pri­mary School.

Lead­ing the way from their Pit­cairn Valley home, she in­sisted, was the only thing she did, be­cause the men were “will­ing” to cast their bal­lots.

Oraine Henry, 45; Otis Henry, 44, and their mother said they came out to vote be­cause they be­lieved in the demo­cratic sys­tem and want help in their com­mu­nity.

“We want to see some­thing dif­fer­ent or some­thing spe­cial. We want things to be bet­ter,” she said, adding that the roads in her com­mu­nity need im­prove­ment. “Me vot­ing will help get the change.” Her older son, Oraine, said he made his choice on his own.

Mean­while, his brother, who is blind, told The Gleaner he came out to vote be­cause it’s his right and he wanted to “make my choice”.

The JLP’s Ro­han Hall (1,478) de­feated in­cum­bent Otis Hamil­ton (1,236) of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) by 242 votes.

SLOW GO­ING

Vot­ing was slow through­out the di­vi­sion, elec­tion of­fi­cials re­ported, be­cause of a low turnout.

In the neigh­bour­ing Hugh­en­den di­vi­sion, signs of a low voter turnout came from early and was the un­sur­pris­ing run­ning story through­out the day.

Ce­ceil Shet­tle­wood, how­ever, said he had to come out to ex­er­cise his right, point­ing to the strug­gles of in­de­pen­dence fight­ers in en­sur­ing that right. He de­plored those who stayed away. “Those who don’t vote don’t mean the coun­try any good,” the 76-year-old told The Gleaner.

He added: “Is mi right. I don’t mean mi coun­try noth­ing if I don’t vote. Mi wouldn’t have a say.”

The JLP’s Andrew Har­ris (1,534) de­feated PNP in­cum­bent Ian Telfer (1,281) by 253 votes in the Labourite strong­hold.

The usual flair from ex­cited party sup­port­ers, while not as pro­nounced as in gen­eral elec­tions, was on dis­play in some ar­eas of the two di­vi­sions

Much of the at­ten­tion fo­cused on the Red Hills, Man­nings Hill and Maver­ley pri­mary schools. Ce­cil Shet­tle­wood watches as his vote goes into the bal­lot box dur­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion at the Pem­broke Hall High School in St Andrew.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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