Another stinging defeat for Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller as the ruling Jamaica Labour Party shellacks the People’s National Party in the local government elections. It is a referendum that she’s unfit to lead.
It’s shameful that she couldn’t bother to even show up to address her supporters at the PNP HQ. You can’t only do that when you win. She continues to lead from behind.
The JLP won big, with several upsets, including SE St. Ann incumbent Lloyd Garrick, who was defeated by Delroy Kelly. Simpson-Miller had gone to St. Ann to campaign for Garrick, but that fell on deaf ears.
The JLP also took the Savanna-La-Mar division with Lee Simpson defeating PNP’s Milton Miles. Another stunning upset was the coveted KSAC prize. PNP VP Angela Brown Burke was defeated as Kingston’s mayor. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says preliminary count puts his party in control of eight councils with 3 for the PNP.
PNP loses Brompton for first time since 1981https://t.co/AQsKHxHk2y
— Jamaica Star (@jamaicastar) November 29, 2016
This comes as Simpson Miller has been mired in yet another controversy. Her recent tirade at a SE St. Ann meeting, during which she appeared to threaten dissenters, went viral after being posted on social media. She has since expressed “regrets” at any “discomfort” people may have felt but offered no apology.
Thanks for voting responsibly today Jamaica.
— JLPJamaica (@jlpjamaica) November 29, 2016
Under Andrew Holness’ leadership, the Jamaica Labour Party has reinvented itself and understands that it is about serving the people. The results of the election shows that he has a mandate to fix what ails Jamaica. The people have spoken and they want change. It is high time for Simpson Miller to take her exit. This isn’t a lifetime position. Clearly it’s not.