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Seaga says JLP would have 'wiped out' PNP if election was called last year

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 2:18 PM
Seaga explains that 10 polls conducted in November suggested that eight of the constituencies won by the PNP in 2011 with under 500 votes could fall to the JLP.

Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Edward Seaga says the People's National Party (PNP) would have been "wiped out" of government if the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had called general elections for last year December. 

It was widely believed that Simpson Miller would have called the elections by December, but things changed as the government grappled with the fall out of several internal and governance issues.  

Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM this morning, Seaga said in November, the JLP was leading the PNP by a two percent margin was destined to grow.

Seaga explains that 10 polls conducted in November suggested that eight of the constituencies won by the PNP in 2011 with under 500 votes could fall to the JLP

He says the apparent delay in the election announcement affected the party's funding and its efforts to maintain the momentum in what he calls the vulnerable constituencies. 

Seaga says the party is now conducting polls in 12 constituencies, including the eight-targeted ones to determine whether the party continues to maintain its lead. 

 

Former JLP leader, Edward Seaga

He says results of the ongoing polls are due next week. 

Seaga admitted that the success of the JLP at the polls has historically been affected by funding issues. 

The JLP was booted out of government in the last general elections by a 21-42 majority.