Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, says the Jamaica Labour Party’s overwhelming victory at the polls last night is a victory for the Jamaican people.
Speaking at JLP Headquarters after the massive victory, the Prime Minister promised to use his resounding mandate responsibly.
Chevon Campbell tells us more.
A victorious Prime Minister Holness, thanked the Jamaican people for returning him and the JLP to a second term in office.
However, the Prime Minister noted the very low voter turn out at this year’s polls.
He says this cannot be blamed solely on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Holness, who was addressing a small group of party members due to the COVID-19 restrictions says his new administration will work to convince those who did not come out to vote.
He says his government will not be one of arrogance.
The Prime Minister promised to address the narrative of corruption which has dogged the first term of his administration.
He also thanked Jamaicans for choosing what he describes as the reasonable and conscientious policies put forward in his party’s manifesto.
Prime Minister Holness says his administration will allow the country to fulfill its potential.
Holness Thanks Supporters in Constituencies
In the meantime, in addition to delivering his victory speech at the JLP’s headquarters on Belmont Road in New Kingston, the Prime Minister also journeyed to West Central St. Andrew and thanked his constituents for their support.
The Prime Minister has served as MP for the constituency since he was 25-years-old, when he was first elected in 1997.
Prime Minister and MP-elect for West Central St Andrew, Andrew Holness.
This is Mr. Holness’ second victory in a General Elections but will be his third time serving as Prime Minister.
He first served as Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister from October 2011 to January 2012, after succeeding former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding.
He returned to Jamaica House after the JLP defeated the People’s National Party at the polls on February 25, 2016.
That victory just over four years ago was historic as it wrote on the pages of Jamaica’s history, the first time the country had seen two successive one-term governments.
With yesterday’s General Elections win, the JLP has broken that historic trend.
The victory also marks the first time in 53 years, that the Jamaica Labour Party is winning 2 consecutive contested general elections.
The last time they doubled was in 1962 and 1967.