Crawford Not Reading Too Much into Opinion Polls


PNP aspirant ahead of the East Portland by-election, Damion Crawford, says he’s not reading much into two separate polls which were published on the weekend.

Crawford is expressing confidence with a few weeks to go before by-election day. A PNP commissioned poll done by the Peter Wickham-led Caribbean Development Research Services showed Crawford ahead of his challenger Annmarie Vaz by 3-points. But, the Jamaica Observer’s Bill Johnson poll showed Mr. Crawford trailing Mrs. Vaz by 10-points. Damion Crawford says he’s not perturbed.

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Speaking with our news centre today, Mr. Crawford said he’s confident based on feedback he’s been picking up on the ground in East Portland over the past few days.

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Mr. Crawford outlined to Nationwide News the argument he’s been putting to constituents over the past few days.

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In the meantime, Central Manchester MP, Peter Bunting, is urging electors in East Portland to use next month’s by-election to send a message to the government that corruption will not be tolerated.

The former PNP General Secretary said it’s crucial Damion Crawford be elected to the House of Representatives. Mr. Bunting argues that Mr. Crawford is articulate and has the right mix of capabilities to be sent to Gordon House as MP for East Portland.

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Bunting was addressing a PNP meeting in Portland.


Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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