EC­STASY & AGONY!

JLP cel­e­brates Dunn vic­tory with mas­sive street rally

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Virtue Gleaner Writer erica.virtue@glean­erjm.com

JUBILANT JA­MAICA Labour Party (JLP) sup­port­ers brought the main street in An­notto Bay to a stand­still, forc­ing ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing to a halt for sev­eral hours, as the party held a cel­e­bra­tion meet­ing at the car park in the town yes­ter­day.

The JLP’s Dr Nor­man Dunn took 8,176 votes to beat the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party’s (PNP) Dr Shane Alexis, who gar­nered 7,239, turn­ing the St Mary South East con­stituency over to the rul­ing party.

The win brings the bal­ance of power in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to 33-30 seats in favour of the JLP.

The PNP’s Dr Winston Green died in Au­gust, leav­ing the seat va­cant, prompt­ing yes­ter­day’s by-elec­tion.

“Showa Labourites! Showa Labourites! When I say ar­gu­ment, you say ... ?” And the peo­ple re­sponded “Dunn”, to the prompt­ing of the vic­tor.

“The PNP use a song say dem tiad fi si mi face. Well si mi yah now!” Dunn shouted.

With his voice al­most gone, he thanked the peo­ple for their sup­port and for his vic­tory.

“Tonight is a night of cel­e­bra­tions

for the peo­ple. We are just here to tell you thanks!” said Des­mond McKen­zie, chair­man of JLP’s Area Coun­cil Three.

The writ­ing of a Dunn win was on the wall from early af­ter­noon, as PNP sup­port­ers re­treated within an hour af­ter the polls closed, leav­ing the nar­row road­ways to the JLP sup­port­ers.

JLP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Shahine Robin­son was the first to lead a large throng through the town around 6:30 p.m, say­ing the party’s can­vass con­firmed that Dunn had won.

“Thank you to the hard­work­ing peo­ple of the Belfield di­vi­sion. Ar­gu­ment Dunn!” said Robin­son.

EARLY CEL­E­BRA­TIONS

How­ever, an early mo­tor­cade with MP Daryl Vaz atop an SUV sent sup­port­ers into even ear­lier cel­e­bra­tions around 3 p.m.

MP for St El­iz­a­beth South Western, Floyd Green, said it was a great win for the party.

“It’s a great win for the peo­ple of South East­ern St Mary. I am sure he will be an ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the peo­ple. Dr Dunn stuck with them,” Green told The Gleaner.

An­drew Wheat­ley, JLP’s deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary, told the hun­dreds of sup­port­ers that Ja­maica wanted sub­stance more than noise.

“The win sends a mes­sage that Ja­maica be­lieved in the work of the prime min­is­ter of Ja­maica and JLP leader An­drew Hol­ness,” Wheat­ley said.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/MUL­TI­ME­DIA ED­I­TOR

Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness ring­ing the Ja­maica Labour Party’s bell of vic­tory with win­ning can­di­date Dr Nor­man Dunn for St Mary South East.

IAN ALLEN/PHOTOGRAPHER

Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party pres­i­dent, Dr Peter Phillips, greet­ing a Ja­maica Labour Party sup­porter in Rich­mond, St Mary.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/MUL­TI­ME­DIA PHOTO ED­I­TOR

Ja­maica Labour Party sup­port­ers cel­e­brat­ing in An­notto Bay, St Mary.

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