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PNP, JLP have much work to do

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM


As I read through the endless articles and comments posted on social media, it's undeniable that there is a certain level of catharsis in the results of this recent general election.

There is no doubt that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and their party leader in particular, should be proud of their victory.

However, the real winners are the Jamaican people. First, the closeness of the results demonstrates that both parties have some work to do. Clearly, the People's National Party (PNP) seems to have lost a beat from the last polls and will require some introspection. But, more important, it means that the JLP will have to work hard to pass motions in Parliament and both sides will have to turn up to work.

The PNP will no doubt have some time in the trenches being in opposition, something they haven't had too much experience in doing, but it's necessary so that they can grow as a party.

Conversely, the JLP will have to now work tirelessly to bring to fruition the promises made and be mindful of what happened the last time they didn't keep them.

I can see spirited debates on the horizon, hopefully not drenched in the usual mediocrity we have seen in the past - full of 'potty-mouthery', but ones that end in true consensus that benefits Jamaica, land we love.

Both party leaders will have to be wary of what they say and their attendant actions, as there will be greater scrutiny from their internal critics, but more importantly, from the electorate.

They now have the awesome task of restoring and inspiring greater participation in the polls because, frankly, their existence depends on it. This election says in a fervent voice "it's time for change". So Jamaica, let's see what the new administration brings.