Cruis­ing to vic­tory

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ed­mond Campbell Staff Re­porter ed­mond.campbell@glean­erjm.com

PNP to romp home in two Cor­po­rate Area by-elections

IT MIGHT not ap­pear to be the case since there have been no mass meet­ings, no ra­dio and tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tis­ing, and no wild charges and counter-charges, but vot­ers in St An­drew South West and St An­drew South will go to the polls to­day to elect their new par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The res­ig­na­tions of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Por­tia Simp­son Miller, as mem­ber of par­lia­ment for St An­drew South West, and Dr Omar Davies from St An­drew South on April 2, 2017, cre­ated two va­cant seats in the Lower House.

With the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) en­joy­ing huge elec­toral vic­to­ries in both con­stituen­cies for decades, it would take a mir­a­cle for the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) to even have a slight chance of scor­ing a win in ei­ther con­stituency to­day.

High­light­ing the up­hill task the can­di­dates of the JLP face, Dr Ho­race Chang, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the party, is on record as say­ing the PNP is in a race against it­self in its two Cor­po­rate Area po­lit­i­cal strongholds.

In the 2016 gen­eral elec­tion, the PNP won St An­drew South West with 92 per cent of the votes, which con­verted to 10,792 com­pared to the JLP’s 702.

In St An­drew South, the PNP picked up 87.2 per cent of the votes against the JLP’s 11.3 per cent, which meant that 9,431 elec­tors cast bal­lots for the then in­cum­bent Omar Davies, while the JLP re­ceived 1,220 votes.

In St An­drew South, the PNP’s Mark Gold­ing will go up against the JLP’s Dane Den­nis, while the JLP’s Vic­tor Hyde will face off with the PNP’s An­gela Brown Burke in St An­drew South West.

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