#JaVotes2016: 4-0 ... PNP promises Manchester sweep
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
The People's National Party (PNP) is targeting a sweep of the four constituencies in Manchester for the February 25 election.
North East Manchester, represented since 1993 by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP's) Audley Shaw, has been escaping the grasp of the PNP.
However, the Comrades are approaching the February 25 poll knowing that the last time general election was held in the shortest month, Shaw was beaten.
The year was 1989 and the date was February 9 when the PNP's Calvin Lyn polled 7,339 votes to Shaw's 6,675.
But since 1993 Shaw has stood in the way of total PNP dominance in Manchester.
However, Wensworth Skeffrey, a PNP deputy general secretary, said that is about to end when Valenton Wint faces Shaw for the second time at the polls.
"A four-love we a go give dem inna Manchester and 4-0 in St Elizabeth," he said at a PNP mass meeting in Mandeville, Manchester Sunday evening.
North West St Elizabeth has eluded the PNP since 1997 as the JLP's JC Hutchinson has remained firm in the winning column.
Hutchinson is being challenged by former West Indies cricketer Daren Powell.
Wint, meanwhile, said Shaw, who goes by the moniker 'Man A Yard' says Shaw does not understand what representation mean.
"The landlord come to take back the yard so we giving him notice. On the 25th of February, Audley Shaw has to give up the keys. We gonna tek him out a di yard," Wint said.
"Eviction notice served. Audley Shaw you must go".
How Manchester voted in past three elections.
2002: PNP's Michael Peart beat the JLP's Noel Simpson by 2,432
2007: PNP's Michael Peart beat the JLP's Richard Hector by 835
2011: PNP's Michael Peart beat the JLP's Colin Virgo by 2,527
*2016: PNP's Michael Stewart vs JLP's Hidran McKulsky
2002: PNP's John Junor beat the JLP's Norman Horne by 1.122
2007: PNP's Peter Bunting beat the JLP's Sally Porteous by 115
2011: PNP's Peter Bunting beat the JLP's Danville Walker by 539
*2016: PNP's Peter Bunting vs JLP Dr St Aubyn Bartlett
North West Manchester
2002: PNP's Dean Peart beat the JLP's James Doran by 2.712
2007: PNP's Dean Peart beat the JLP's Timothy Scarlett by 937
2011: PNP's Mikael Phillips beat the JLP's Timothy Scarlett by 1,939
*2016: PNP Mikael Phillips vs the JLP's Omar Frith
North East Manchester
2002: JLP's Audley Shaw beat the PNP's Dorothy Miller by 858.
2007: JLP's Audley Shaw beat the PNP's Paul Lyn by 1,414
2011: JLP's Audley Shaw beat the PNP's Val Wint by 573
*2016: JLP's Audley Shaw vs PNP's Val Wint