‘I will vote PNP till I die’

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Davis Gleaner Writer

SEVENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD MIL­LI­CENT Wil­son is a Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) loy­al­ist who, de­spite her ail­ments, vowed to ex­er­cise her demo­cratic right in sup­port of her move­ment. Wil­son, who is blind in one eye and un­able to walk on her own, was spot­ted at Long Bay in the Man­chioneal di­vi­sion of East Port­land get­ting as­sis­tance from a niece and friend, as she made her way to a nearby polling sta­tion to cast her vote for the party of her choice. “I will vote PNP till I die,” said the el­derly woman. She con­tin­ued: “I am get­ting a lit­tle quat­tie (money) every month as pen­sion, and it is be­cause of Michael Man­ley that I am get­ting this money. I can­not walk on my own and I am also blind in the left eye. But de­spite that, I will not stop vot­ing for Man­ley party un­til I am dead.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ail­ing Wil­son, she has never given any thought to sup­port­ing the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP), which she claims is a cap­i­tal­istlean­ing po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion that serves the in­ter­ests of the rich.

Wil­son noted that it was a sleepless night for her, as she was very anx­ious for day­light to come, so that she would be able to make her mark be­side the head – some­thing she has been do­ing for more than 50 years.

But de­spite Wil­son’s ef­forts, at the end of last night’s count, the JLP’s Paul Thomp­son (1,740) had de­feated in­cum­bent Elaine Os­bourne (1,124) of the PNP.

PHO­TOS BY GARETH DAVIS

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