Jamaicans Vote Today – who will win PNP or JLP?

It’s been coming for what seems like forever but after a lenghtly wait for it’s annoucemet, a lengtly wait for it after it was announced and a delay due to Hurricane Dean today is finally the day when Jamaica will vote. I’m not very “political”, I’ve never voted although this is the second time I am able and old enough to. I just feel disconnected from the political process and as my granny would say “six ah one half dozen ah di addah” meaning it’s the same thing no matter how you look at it and thats my thoughts on the two major political parties. I will not even get into the details of it I just hope, wish and pray that the day with go through with very little if any violence.

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Jamaica Observer Editorial Cartoon for September 3rd 20007

Jamaica’s Major Political Parties

The People’s National Party (PNP) is a democratic socialist Jamaican political party, founded by Norman Manley in 1938. It is the oldest political party in the Anglophone Caribbean and one of the main two political parties in Jamaica. Out of the two major parties, it is considered more to the left than its main rival, the Jamaica Labour Party. They held a majority in the Jamaican Parliament from 1972 to 1980 and, since 1989 to date, again hold a parliamentary majority…read more

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is a political party in Jamaica and one of the main two political parties in Jamaica. Out of the two major parties, it is considered more to the right than its main rival, the People’s National Party. At the last elections, 16 October 2002, the party won 47.2 % of popular votes and 26 out of 60 seats. It is the main opposition party. It was led by Edward Seaga from 1974 to 2004. In that year, Seaga stepped down from leadership and was replaced by Bruce Golding founder of the National Democratic movement (NDM). It currently holds 26 of the 60 seats in the Jamaica House of Representatives…read more

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