KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has won the General Election, which was held on February 25.
Preliminary results show that the JLP, led by its Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness, has won 33 seats, while the People’s National Party (PNP), led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, won 30 seats. In the 2011 general elections, the JLP won 21 seats, while the PNP won 42 seats.
In his victory speech at the JLP’s headquarters on Belmont Road, Mr. Holness thanked the people of Jamaica for the victory.
“It has been a long and arduous journey. We have carried a message of hope, that Jamaica can be a better place and the people have accepted the message,” he said.
Mr. Holness said this is not the end of a journey, and gave a commitment that the Government will not work as usual.
“We are going to change the way Government works. We have been given stewardship of the country and we stand to be accountable. We will keep the commitments we have made to the people,” he said.
Conceding victory, Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the JLP for winning the election.
This is the 17th General Election to be held in the country since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.
Mr. Holness won his West Central St. Andrew constituency, while Mrs. Simpson Miller won her seat in South West St. Andrew.