The police are reporting that one man died, after he cast his ballot in Portland on Thursday [December 29].
Seventy year old Sylvester Nugent a farmer of Mullet Hall in West Portland collapsed about 10:15 a.m. and was taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital.
It is reported that Mr. Nugent voted at the Avocot Primary and Junior High School, PD 93 and after voting, said he had voted for the wrong person.
He then collapsed and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The opposition People's National Party, led by former premier Portia Simpson Miller, won the Jamaica's general elections, preliminary results showed late Thursday.
The party had already won more than half the 63 seats up for grabs in Thursday's elections.
Karl Samuda, the campaign director of the governing Jamaica Labour Party, conceded defeat on national television.
The win for the Centre-Left People's National Party means Ms. Miller would return to office after a gap of four years.
Prime MinisterAndrew Holness called the snap election after taking office when Bruce Golding resigned in October.
Final results are expected Saturday.
About 1.6 million citizens were eligible to vote.
A key election issue was the Caribbean island's high national debt of about 130 per cent of its gross domestic product. High unemployment and crime were also key issues in the campaign.
The party led by Portia Simpson Miller has returned to government after taking the majority of the 63 seats. The PNP have taken 41 and the JLP 22 of the 63 seats.
It had been expected to be a close race, but in the end the PNP secured a strong win. The economy was key to the campaign, with unemployment running at over 12% - many of the PNP's core supporters are those who have been directly affected by the downturn.
Mrs Simpson Miller, also known as Sister P by supporters, was seen to appeal to the working class and mobilised their vote. The Jamaican Labour Party is more conservative, and more closely-linked to Jamaica's business community.
The JLP leader, Andrew Holness, was only sworn in a couple of months ago after Bruce Golding stepped down due to his lack of popularity. At 39, Mr Holness was Jamaica's youngest PM and the second shortest serving.
Meanwhile, several newcomers from the PNP are set to take seats in Parliament.
They include Damion Crawford, Lloyd B. Smith, Arnaldo Brown, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, Patrick Atkinson, Andre Hylton, Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, Denise Daley, Mickael Phillips, Paul Buchanan, Dayton Campbell, Keith Walford, Richard Parchment and Joylan Silvera.
Some former PNP Parliamentarians are back.
They include Horace Dalley and Richard Azan. Among the well known JLP candidates who were defeated are Robert Montague, Clive Mullings, Ernest Smith, Andrew Gallimore, Laurie Broderick, Sharon Hay-Webster, Othneil Lawrence and Michael Stern.
The People's National Party has won the December 20, 2011 general elections.
In terms of declared seats, the PNP managed to take 36 while the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) claimed 19 seats.
The third parties did not claim any seats.
THE Electoral Office, however, has not yet officially called the elections for the opposition. As soon as this is done, the party leader, Portia Simpson Miller will deliver her acceptance speech.
KINGSTON, Jamaica(AP) -- Jamaica's two main political parties are in a neck-and-neck race to capture a majority of the country's 63 parliamentary seats and win control of the government for the next five years.
Both sides were predicting victory after a hard-fought lead-up to Thursday's general elections pitting Jamaica's youngest prime minister and his center-right party against a veteran opponent who hopes to return her center-left faction to power and take a second lap as leader.
With most opinion polls putting the two parties in a virtual dead heat, candidates have scrambled for traction with undecided voters across the Caribbean island known as the birthplace of reggae and a hothouse for big-time sprinters.
Andrew Holness, a 39-year-old lawmaker who was unanimously chosen to be prime minister by his party just two months ago when predecessor Bruce Golding resigned amid anemic public backing, has tried to woo swing voters by promising new jobs in a debt-wracked nation with roughly 13 percent unemployment.
"Jamaicans are now safer, our economy is stable with a solid foundation for job creation," Holness said in a last-minute national address touting Labor's record.
Holness, largely seen as an unexciting but calm, pragmatic leader, said his party has started to reverse economic stagnation and effectively battled criminal gangs that have long been the scourge of the country. He has also pledged to modernize the bloated public sector without massive layoffs.
He argues that the PNP severely mismanaged the economy over its 18-year-tenure until its 2007 election loss, leading to a steady devaluation of the Jamaican dollar that cut deeply into the purchasing power of most wage earners and caused the standard of living to fall.
Meanwhile, 66-year-old opposition chief Portia Simpson Miller, a stalwart of the People's National Party since its days as a democratic socialist faction in the 1970s, has dismissed Holness as an indecisive leader and painted his party as hopelessly corrupt and unsympathetic to the plight of Jamaica's many poor inhabitants.
"It is not only going to be a victory but a wipeout of the Jamaica Labor Party," she told a crowd of cheering supporters dressed in the party's color of orange.
Simpson Miller was born in rural poverty and grew up in a Kingston ghetto, not far from the crumbling concrete jungle made famous by Bob Marley. Also referred to as "Sista P" and "Comrade Leader," she is known for her plain speaking style and warm interactions with supporters.
But detractors say her political style is largely superficial and she was out of her depth during her brief tenure as Jamaica's first female prime minister between March 2006 to September 2007, when her party was narrowly voted out of power.
The winner of Thursday's vote will face deep economic problems on this island of 2.8 million people. Jamaica's punishing debt stands at roughly $18.6 billion, or 130 per cent of gross domestic product, a rate about 10 percentage points higher than Italy's and 20 points lower than Greece's.
Jamaica's economy has been on a meager upswing, but roughly 60 percent of government spending still goes to debt and another 30 percent pays wages. That leaves just 10 percent for education, health, security and other parts of the budget.
Still, the monthlong campaign often bristled with a festive feel as cheering, horn-honking caravans of partisans attended packed rallies, waving banners and dancing to reggae tunes pounding out of big speakers.
But the campaign has also stirred some anxiety during the Christmas season as scattered incidents of violence and vandalism have been reported. Thousands of police officers and soldiers have been deployed to maintain security.
Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair said Wednesday that the campaign was one of the "best we've ever had" in Jamaica, with just three deaths and about a half dozen woundings that he says investigators might eventually determine to be politically motivated.
In the lead-up to the 1980 elections, more than 800 people were killed in political clashes. Since then, large-scale political violence has dissipated and most killings are blamed on the drug and extortion trade.
Although most recent polls show a dead heat, the political team at the Jamaica Gleaner, the island's largest newspaper, has predicted that Labor will capture 34 of the 63 seats, while the PNP will claim 29.
Omar Wright, a 23-year-old unemployed man voting in his first election, said a lack of jobs convinced him to vote for the opposition.
"It's hard out here," Douglas said on a packed corner in downtown Kingston, where vendors were selling flip flops, towels and phone cards. "I don't think any of these politicians really know how hard it is, but we need a change."
Nearby, Reiza Davies, a 29-year-old clothes vendor, said she was voting Labor because people in her community always do.
"Anything is better than the PNP," she said, making a sour face.
St Catherine voters of the two major political parties turned out in their numbers to cast their ballots at the more than 300 polling stations covering the three constituencies.
In the South St Catherine constituency where the incumbent PNP candidate Fitz Jackson is being challenged by the JLP's Keith Hinds, voters streamed in and out of the 122 polling divisions from early this morning.
Election officials report that the process went smoothly throughout the day with minor glitches. Some complained that they were barred from voting because their names were not on the presiding officer's list. Voter turn out was heavy at the Braeton Primary and Junior School and the Ascott High School in the constituency.
RJR News caught up with Mr Hinds and Mr Jackson and both expressed confidence of victory. Mr Hinds argued that the redrawing of the boundary of the constituency gives him a chance of victory. Mr Jackson dismissed his claim and countered that he will be returned as MP.
Voters also turned out in their numbers to cast their ballots in the newly created East Central St Catherine constituency where the PNP's Arnaldo Brown is battling the JLP's Camille Buchanan.
Ms Buchanan was confident she would be the new MP when the polls close.
In the South East St Catherine constituency where the PNP's Colin Fagan is up against the JLP's Keith Blake, there was a high voter turn out.
Throughout the day, there were scenes of friendly embrace between supporters of the two main parties in the three constituencies
Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, Etana and Ce'cile were among the reggae/dancehall artistes who performed at a wrap-up campaign and concert staged by the Peoples National Party on Tuesday night.
Clearly showing their solidarity and not just doing a job, the artistes selected songs from their repertoire which were most befitting of the occasion to strengthen PNP party leader Portia Simpson Miller. At the end of his performance, veteran Freddie McGregor, who represented Big Ship, had kind words of encouragement for Mama P. The las' lap was aired live on CVM TV and also included an impassioned speech from Mrs Simpson Miller.
Tarrus Riley sang his blockbuster hit She's Royal, with new meaning and also scored bulls eye with Congagious, and of course, the popular Lion Paw, for which the crowd of PNP supporters added their voices as if singing on a mass choir.
"No evil can bring me harm, tell them to go back where they came from; No demonic works performed can prosper; I tell the obeah and science man calm, cause dem cyaan touch di lion paw:"
Declaring, "A woman time now, you see it. Where are all my independent ladies I want oonu mek some noise," female artiste Ce'cile took the mic from Tarrus and did her thing. Her performance came after Etana and Duane Stephenson's, two of the acts who were fully dressed in PNP red.
For her part, party leader Portia Simpson Miller looked overwhelmed as Tarrus led the crowd in singing She's Royal. Like a true debater who is ready to give the summation, the PNP leader quoted from party founder, Norman Manley and noted that, "Thursday will be a defining day in the history of Jamaica and the Jamaican people
"I implore you to vote for a government you can trust, a leader with experience - both local and international, rather than someone who needs a learning curve. We have a blend of wisdom, experience, youth, brilliance, energy and fresh thinking," Simpson Miller said.
She added, "The bell can take you nowhere, the only thing u can do with a bell is ring it - your head can take you wherever you want to go in life," the woman who hopes to be the Prime Minister of Jamaica for the second time around stated.
Even before she said it, everyone could hear the words, "Put your 'X' beside the head."
The clock is ticking away to Thursday December 29, 2011.
As Jamaicans get ready to go to the polls in another 72 hours to elect a new government, the Jamaica Labour Party and the Peoples National Party are locked in a near dead heat in their favourability rating.
That's the findings of the latest RJR/TVJ/Boxill Poll.We asked 1482 enumerated Jamaicans in 216 communities to rate the parties.
47 percent of the respondents had a favourable view of the JLP...this compares to the 44 point 7 percent for the PNP.
But with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent, both parties could actually be dead even.
This latest poll was conducted between December 21 and 24 and the result differs mildly from the similar poll we did two weeks earlier on December 10.
At that time 46 percent had a favourable view of the JLP and 43 point 8 percent for the PNP. both parties grew by a percentage point.
On the flip side...fewer persons now have an unfavourable view of the JLP.
44 percent sees the JLP as unfavourable compared to 45 percent earlier in December. The figures for the PNP hardly budged with 46 point 9 percent now and 47 percent on December 10.
So which party do Jamaicans trust more?
The parties were even at 41 percent in the December 10 poll. They both gained the trust from more people this time around...albeit a small increase.
The JLP is ahead with 43 point 6 percent with the PNP closely behind with 42 point percent. Meanwhile, 3 point 2 percent of those we poll said there no difference , while close to 11 percent didn't or didn't respond.
The Dr Lloyd Barnett-chaired Citizens Action for Free and Fair Election
Two more overseas groups have accepted invitations from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, (ECJ), to monitor Thursday's General Election.
This increases to three the number of international teams that will be observing voting activities.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Professor Errol Miller, says the two groups are based in the region.
Members of the teams are scheduled to arrive in the island on Tuesday.
Earlier this month the Organization of American States, (OAS), said it would send an observer team for the election.
And although the parties have all but wrapped up their campaigns for the General Election, Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair says his office remains on high alert.
Bishop Blair says arrangements have been made for his office to continue monitoring political activities during the holiday period.
A campaign free period will be introduced come Monday
Effective midnight, the parties have agreed to stop political broadcasts and campaign commercials on radio and television.
No new campaign ads should be posted on the internet during the period.The black out will continue until 7am election day.
As it relates to print media, no ads will appear in the December 28 and 29 publications.
Four days after notorious break away member of the Clansman Gang Navardo Hodges was beheaded in St. Catherine one of his cronies was on Sunday morning shot and injured by police, on March Pen Road in St. Catherine.
It's reported about 10 o'clock police received reports of strange men in the area and went in search of them.
Reports are that after the police entered the area the man was shot.
He is 23 year old Anthony Richards otherwise called "Ganja." He was wanted by the police for a string of murders, he was wanted for the death of a business man at a car wash in November.
Richards and Hodges reportedly became close allies when they broke away from the Clansman gang.
On Wednesday, Reputed gang leader, Navardo Hodges, also known as DJ, was found dead this morning in Spanish Town.
Hodges' head was found in one location before what is believed to be his torso was discovered in another section of the town.
Former Prime Minister and People's National Party President, P.J. Patterson, has come out in defence of PNP leader, Portia Simpson Miller's plans for providing jobs for thousands of unemployedJamaicans.
Mrs Simpson-Miller has come under fire since her announcement of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme-JEEP.
The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says JEEP is similar to the PNP's 'crash programme' established by the Manley Government in the 1970's.
Mr. Patterson who has been providing major support on the PNP's campaign trail over the past few weeks says contrary to what some critics are saying, the much touted (JEEP) is not intended to be a long term project.
"We are going to insert projects which are vital to the country but offer high levels of providing jobs, it is an emergency programme, it is not intended to be a permanent solution for unemployment....." said Mr Patterson.
He said the project is Mrs. Simpson's Miller direct response to the job crisis.
In his address to a crowd of party supporters at the PNP's political meeting in Naggo Head, St. Catherine, on Thursday Mr. Patterson argued that Jamaicans want a government they can trust.
The former PNP President who also highlighted what he described as the open display of partisan politics at a road work project. called for a government that is participatory and inclusive.
People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson-Miller has said there is no doubt that she was the clear winner in Tuesday night's televised leadership debate against Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness.
She also said the criticisms of her stance on the replacement of the British Monarch with a Jamaican Queen is a distraction.
Speaking to thousands of jubilant party supporters in Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday, Simpson Miller in a wide-ranging address, hit back at her detractors, who have criticised her for the answer she gave regarding the British Westminster model of Government.
She said some time ago when another minister said he wanted a Jamaican Queen everyone was silent on the matter.
The assertion was made by former Prime MinisterBruce Golding.
"Let me allay the fears of all who want to take me on for something as simple as that, I think I have proven myself, just give me a break and let me carry on the nation's business," the PNP president charged. "All who want to take me on I am black woman and I am strong," she continued to thunderous shouts from the sea of orange-clad supporters in Water Square.
Turning to the issue of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund that was raised in the debate, Simpson Miller said there is nothing to renegotiate as the present deal is dead.
Meanwhile, the PNP president has expressed concern about a comment she said was made by JLP Leader Andrew Holness suggesting that the Government should not be the one to provide jobs but instead the private sector.
"Any sensible Government would want to put forward a programme to create employment for the people of Jamaica," Simpson Miller said adding that jobs were never the central part of the JLP programme for the past four years.
A number of women's organisations have blasted recent statements made on the campaign trail on the weekend by Darly Vaz, the West Portland candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
In a release on Wednesday [December 21], the women's groups described the utterances from the JLP platform as demeaning.
They also say they undermine Jamaican women.
The groups said they have noted, with disgust, recent statements in the print and electronic media attributed to Mr. Vaz and other top JLP leaders concerning the participation of women in the 2011 general election.
They say the statements coming from the JLP platform suggest that women candidates are not celebrated for their intelligence but only valued for their looks, and are valued primarily as objects of men's love, without a focus on their multiple competencies.
These, they say, include strong management and leadership skills, as well as commitment to their families.
They argued that the language used suggests that women have been selected by the JLP solely for their physical attributes, and as a strategy to pull the female vote to the party.
This, they say, is demeaning to female candidates, and to all Jamaican women. Vaz and other leaders of the party were speaking at a meeting in St Elizabeth, on the weekend.
The polls will open on Thursday for members of the security forces and Election Day workers to cast their ballots ahead of the December 29 General Election.
The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says more than 30,000 persons are eligible to vote.
Voting will begin at 8 o'clock and end at 4 o'clock.
A total of 25,396 Election Day workers, 8,211 policemen and women, and 2,098 soldiers can cast their votes on Thursday in 225 locations islandwide.
Under the Representation of the People Act, provisions are made for the military and police, as well as Election Day Workers, to vote three clear days before the general election, to ensure that they are available for duty on that day.
Their names have therefore been separated from the official Voters' List to be used on Election Day.
Christin Senior, Public Education Officer at the ECJ, explains that they will vote in locations in which they are based, and the ballots later transferred.
"The voting procedure for them is the same as regular procedure except that they place their ballots in sealed envelopes that we don't open. When the envelopes come back to us on Thursday night what we will do is sort those ballots and place them in boxes for the respective constituencies. Come regular Election Day next week, these ballots will be delivered to the respective Returning Officers and there is a designated polling station with a ballot box that these ballots will be deposited in," Ms Senior said.
She warned that if they do not get to vote on Thursday, they will be barred from doing so on December 29.
"Police, military and Election Day workers names have been removed from the civilian list. The civilian list is the list that will be used on December 29, so if they turn up on December 29 and they go to the polling station their names will not be on that list, they must vote today, there is no other choice, no other option," she said.
She encouraged those who are unsure, or who have not received notices to call the EOJ toll free helpline at 1-888-991-VOTE to find out their voting locations.
In a recent issue of the Police Force Order, Commissioner Owen Ellington, cautioned members of the force, to exercise their democratic rights in a responsible manner, displaying the utmost respect for the electoral process, and maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
He instructed divisional commanders, islandwide, to ensure that members are facilitated in casting their ballots and returning to duties.
Mystery candidate, Damion O. Crawford is now on leave from his job at the Council of Voluntary Social Services, CVSS, on Tower Street in downtown Kingston.
Crawford has been facing a firestorm of criticism ever since he mysteriously turned up at the polling station last week and registered to contest the December 29 general elections against the PNP's Damion O. Crawford and the JLP's Joan Gordon-Webley.
Known loosely as 'the other Damion Crawford', the young man is currently employed to the CVSS, but is on leave until January 2012. It is said that Crawford suffers from epilepsy (fits) and is subject to severe seizures. "Sometimes when he comes out of them he can't even remember his own name or where he lives in the lane."
The source confirmed that Crawford does have a Bachelors degree, "but he is not pursuing a Masters".
"He is a poor youth who just wants to go back into obscurity. He didn't think about this and clearly whoever put him up to it didn't realize that there would be such repercussions. They even created a Facebook page that he knew nothing about and then said it was "other persons". It is a mess. He doesn't want to see it through to the end, but he is terrified of what could happen if he decides that he is going to withdraw," the source said.
Political analysts have declared that Tuesday night's leadership debate involving Prime MinisterAndrew Holness and Opposition LeaderPortia Simpson-Miller did little to sway undecided voters with a week to go before the General Election.
As assessments come in on the face-off between the two leaders and the impact it will have on electors the general view is that neither Mr. Holness nor Mrs. Simpson-Miller offered anything new.
At the same time, both received passing grades for their responses during the one hour event staged by the Jamaica Debates Commission.
Jamaicans at home and abroad closely monitored the much publicised debate to determine which of the leaders would outdo the other in taking on the questions posed to them.
They ranged from topics such as tackling the country's debt, the Dudus extradition matter, corruption, to the issue of homosexuals holding Cabinet positions.
Political Analyst, Shalman Scott, says based on the responses to the questions there was no clear top debater.
Social Commentator Judith Wedderburn gave a more critical response.
She believes both leaders were lacking in some areas.
UWI Professor Rupert Lewis, who says Mrs. Simpson-Miller performed better than she has in past debates, gave her the edge over Mr. Holness.
"On the realistic side of politics I think Andrew was very good in terms of his idealism, but given the crisis that we have I think there was more realism and more political appreciation of our situation [from Simpson Miller] than I got from Holness. I give Simpson Miller the edge," Professor Lewis said.
And during the debate the two leaders were asked their opinion on homosexuals serving in the Cabinet.
Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had declared that gays would not be included in his team of Ministers.
In his response, Mr. Holness gave no firm position on the issue.
"My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country. The Prime Minister has discretion but that discretion cannot be exercised in a vacuum," Mr. Holness said.
For her part the Opposition Leader said persons should be appointed to the Cabinet based on their ability to serve and not on their sexual orientation.
Sections of Dela Vega City in Spanish Town are now tense after the police found the severed head of a male believed to be that of Navardo Hodges, a leading member of the Clansman gang.
The police acting on intelligence, went to the Sagicor Shopping Centre on Burke Road Spanish Town about 4:00 this morning, where the head of a male later identified as Hodges was found on a step.
The police party then went to the Spanish Town By-Pass, where a body dressed in a pair of black jeans was seen.
The police say Navardo Hodges was beheaded some time last night.
Residents in the area say that they fear reprisals may take place because of the killing. This they claim against the background of Hodges falling out with the hierarchy of the Clansman gang.
At the time of his death the police had a reward of $500,000 for Hodges. He was wanted for several murders in the St Catherine North Division, especially Spanish Town.
Hundreds of residents converged in Spanish Town to get a glimpse of the remains.
The police had to work very hard to cordon off roads and redirect traffic.
The country's political parties are on Monday morning preparing for the final week of active campaigning for the December 29 General Election.
Campaign activities will start winding down between Thursday and Friday ahead of Christmas celebrations.
This follows several weeks of tours, public meetings and door to door campaigning by candidates in the 63 constituencies.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says its team campaign will end on Thursday night.
Karl Samuda, Campaign Director, told RJR News that the final event will be a public meeting in St. James.
"Our campaign essentially ends on the 22nd when we have a wrap up meeting in Montego Bay. Although the 23rd is a day on which activities can take place that kind of activity you will find will more relate to minor tours if there are any but essentially our campaign comes to an end on the night of the 22nd," Mr. Samuda said.
And, the People's National Party (PNP) says its campaign machinery will remain in high gear until Friday.
Tension is mounting in West Portland among supporters of the two major political party's following the stabbing death of a resident on Sunday, in the Charlestown community of Buff Bay.
The killing of 32- year- old tour guide and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporter, Omar Hernandez, took place shortly after 2.30 p.m. yesterday, at a bar.
Hernandez was reportedly putting up posters of incumbent Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, when an argument developed between him and a group of men.
The argument got heated, and some of the posters were reportedly taken from Hernandez and torn.
Residents report that during a struggle, a knife was used to stab Hernandez in the neck.
Joan Charles, the mother of the deceased said it was only on Saturday that she had warned her son to be careful, as it was approaching the elections.
Birthday girl, People's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller has thanked Prime MinisterAndrew Holness for giving her what she says is the best birthday gift she has ever had. Simpson Miller turned 66 on Nomination Day. She will lead her party into the December 29 election against the Jamaica Labour Party's 39-year old Holness. On her way to hand in her nomination form in South West St Andrew, Simpson Miller engaged supporters in a race from Spanish Town Road to the Greenwich Town All Age School where the nomination centre is located. The persons who signed her nomination sang 'happy birthday' and gave best wishes to Simpson Miller. Earlier, jubilant Comrades filled Simpson Miller's constituency office and spilled on to the streets causing traffic to be reduced to a crawl. Orange-clad PNP supporters were kept busy dancing to party songs which blared from a 'People Power' truck. "Michael I am going to do it for the Jamaican people," Simpson Miller said as she placed three $1,000 notes on the table. The $1,000 note bears the image of former PNP president the late Michael Manley.
Dr Peter Phillips, the campaign director for the People's National Party is today celebrating his 24th wedding anniversary. It is also the birthday of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller. Shortly after handing in his nomination documents at the Tarrant Baptist Church, Molynes Road in his St Andrew East Central constituency, Phillips said he expects the PNP to win the December 29 general election by a comfortable majority. "Today is a wonderful day and I have a good feeling about today. It is not only the party leader's birthday, it happens to be my wedding anniversary and it really marks another phase in the relationship between myself and this constituency," Phillips said. He added: "Whatever the symbolism is, it is a good day for me, it's a good day for the People's National Party. And of course, election day is one day after my birthday so we have a good feeling about it all." Phillips is seeking to be returned as MP for East Central St Andrew for the fifth consecutive time. He faces the Jamaica Labour Party's Beverley Prince, the councillor for the Cassia Park Division in his constituency.
The Jamaica Labour Party's candidate for East Rural St. Andrew Joan Gordon-Webley has said she will not accept a private apology from her People's National Party counterpart Damion Crawford.
Last week, Crawford called Gordon Webley "a solid waste of time."
In an interview with journalists this afternoon Gordon-Webley said Crawford made his remarks on a public platform and in that regard she is demanding a public apology.
Earlier today Crawford said he has sent a letter to Gordon-Webley to withdraw and apologise for making the comments.
Mrs. Gordon-Webley says she has not received the letter and is insisting that she gets a public apology.