Election Alert as PM Summons Comrades to HWT


There’s growing anticipation this evening that Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller will announce the date for the country’s 17th general election since adult suffrage in 1944.

Her governing People’s National Party is this afternoon going into overdrive to mobilize its supporters to attend a mass meeting in Half-Way-Tree Square on Sunday.

It’s believed that Mrs. Simpson-Miller will announce the election date at that meeting.

PNP General Secretary Paul Burke says the meeting will begin at 6:00pm.

Mr. Burke says all supporters are invited to the mass meeting as the PNP is kicking its election machinery into high gear.

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In a statement this afternoon, the PNP said Sunday’s mass meeting is the first in a series of national meetings.

On Tuesday, Mr. Burke told our news center that the governing party is pleased with its state of readiness for a General Election.

Members of the PNP’s parliamentary group and officer corps who are overseas have reportedly been told to return to the island for the mass meeting.

Mr. Burke is refusing to comment on whether the Prime Minister will announce the General election date on Sunday.

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Meantime … President of the JLP’s affiliate group – Generation 2000, Matthew Samuda is calling on Prime Minister Simpson Miller to announce the date on Sunday.

Mr. Samuda says Prime Minister Simpson Miller’s delay has already cost the country.

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Mr. Samuda says the PNP-administration’s apparent indecision regarding the calling of the General Election highlights the need for a fixed election date.

The election is constitutionally due by December this year.

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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.

One thought on “Election Alert as PM Summons Comrades to HWT

  1. prizm

    Your father said she would be making an error if she call it now…..Audley said delay it…..Andrew said why the rush when election is constitutionally due December 2016.

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