Phillips says SE St Mary By-Election a Referendum on Govt

The leader of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Dr. Peter Phillips, says a win for his party in the upcoming by-elections in South East St. Mary will signal to the government that the people of Jamaica are calling for a change.

He was speaking at PNP rally in Annotto Bay, St. Mary last night where he officially introduced Dr. Shane Alexis to the people of the constituency. Dr. Phillips, again chastised the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, government for what he described as no progress under their tenure.

Dr. Phillips says the JLP government ‘doesn’t know what it’s doing’. He says a win for Dr. Alexis in the by-election will be the first sign that the people of Jamaica want a change in government.

According to Phillips the government has failed to complete a number of promises they made in the lead up to last year’s general election.

He says after almost 18 months in office, the government still doesn’t have a crime plan.

He says the government has also failed to improve the morale of the Jamaica Constabulary Force or improve conditions in agriculture or education.

Meanwhile, in presenting Dr. Alexis to thousands of PNP supporters, Dr. Phillips described him as a man who’s dedicated his life to service.

By-elections for all three vacant seats in South East St. Mary, South St. Andrew and South West St. Andrew will be held on October 30.

Nomination day is next Monday. Dr. Alexis will be going up against the JLP’s Dr. Norman Dunn.


In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.

One thought on “Phillips says SE St Mary By-Election a Referendum on Govt

  1. A.L.Smalling

    Phillip is a fool. The seat was held by the PNP. It can only be remotely a referendum if the the seat was held by the JLP. Why is there a by-election?

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