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#JaVotes2016: Cousin Portia tired of Warmington too

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:52 PM
Simpson Miller: This is an important parish for the People's National Party so make sure you bring out all PNP voters on Thursday... Every vote counts.

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Despite Everald Warmington being her cousin, People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller has rallied comrades to execute the mission of sending him into political retirement.

"This is an important parish for the People's National Party so make sure you bring out all PNP voters on Thursday... Every vote counts," she said.

"As long as we bring out the PNP voters, as long as we do the work, there is no stopping the PNP train in St Catherine and in Jamaica," she said.

According to Simpson Miller, it is time that some seats return to the folds of the PNP and St Catherine South West and St Catherine West Central are among the seats her party wants back.

Rudyard 'Kippy' Mears, the candidate for St Catherine South West has vowed to take back the seat for the PNP from Warmington.

With the sounds of Sizzla's Mash Dem Down blaring through the speakers, Mears said Warmington will have diarrhoea when the reality of defeat faces him.

"I am here to make a bold statement," Mears said, while adding that with the work done in the constituency it is poised to fall to the PNP.

Warmington has held the seat for three terms.

He first lost the 1997 election to Jennifer Edwards but has since turned back three consecutive advances of the PNP.

Since 2011, the Voters' List has swelled by 4,683 persons to 36,778.

Warmington, who first won the seat by 1,214 votes saw his margin cut to 916 in the 2011 general election.

In 2007, he beat the PNP's Dennis Jones by 3,244 votes.

"I don't know what it was blessed with before, but after 14 years this constituency will have a first lady," Mears said.

"If a man don't have a lady in the camp how him must respect women," he added.