In a political mauling that has left the People’s National Party and its supporters in tatters, the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, won yesterday’s General Elections by a landslide. 

In a statement last night announcing the results, the Electoral Office of Jamaica, EOJ, said the Jamaica Labour Party secured 49 seats while the People’s National Party won the remaining 14 seats.

According to the EOJ, that’s the result of the preliminary counting of ballots in all 63 constituencies.

The overall voter turnout was approximately 37 per cent, compared to 48-point-37 per cent in the 2016 General Elections. 

The EOJ says today, September 4, each Returning Officer will commence the final count of all the ballots for their constituencies at a designated counting centre.

The Andrew Holness led JLP’s convincing victory in the country’s 18 General Elections since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944 has significantly altered the political layout of the country.

A number of seats once considered safe PNP constituencies are now in the JLP’s win column.

It was a seismic shift of political allegiance that has left many PNP stalwarts without a political home.

The polls had predicted a big win for the Holness-led party.

And, it happened.

Before Parliament was dissolved to facilitate the holding of the General Elections, the JLP held 34 seats.

After yesterday’s vote, the governing party added 15 additional seats to its previous constituency tally.