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PHOTOS: Emily votes for JLP in Central Westmoreland by-election

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 12:59 AM
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Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter



WESTMORELAND, Jamaica:

If People's National Party (PNP) officials used Emily's yellow shirt as an indicator that she just voted for the party in the Central Westmoreland by-election, they are dead wrong.




The 19-year-old mother of one, who, having just cast her vote for Faye Jacobs of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), quietly walked through the gates of the Savanna-la-mar Primary school.



The colours yellow, red and orange are used by the PNP, while the JLP uses green. "I want to see a change. We hear different numbers, we hear that PNP has been in power for 29 years, some say 25 years. Whatever is the case that's a long time. Give somebody else a chance to see what they can do," Emily told The Gleaner.



She said she is disappointed with the state of the economy especially in rural parts.



Jacobs is seeking to upset the PNP's dominance in a constituency which has voted for 'orange' since 1989.



The last Member of Parliament was Roger Clarke who died in office after six-and-half years.



Dwayne Vaz, who was a key organiser for Clarke, is the PNP's standard bearer.



The PNP has a 3,042 majority in the seat and Comrades are bracing for a celebration.



"It is not a matter of if we win, it is going to be the margin, " a rastafarian who identified himself as a Michael Manley Comrade said.



It has been slow going in the constituency thus far, however, and a senior PNP member has expressed surprise about the turnout.



"Based on what I saw at the public meetings I thought I would be seeing more people, " he said.



At Petersfield, the PNP's Richard Azan is manning proceedings at one cluster with five polling divisions.



Arnaldo Brown, junior minister in the foreign ministry, was seen walking in the Forte William area of the constituency.



The area is one of the JLP strong pockets.



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