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Polls to be decided by uncommitted voters, says JLP's Chang

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:36 PM

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says the imminent polls will be decided by uncommitted voters, dismissing the results of polls and research which indicate that it will lose on February 25.

The position of the JLP comes as the island's two main political parties give their reactions to the latest projections of the outcome of Thursday's general elections by The University of the West Indies research team.

The projections, published in today's Sunday Gleaner, predict a 40-seat win for the ruling People's National Party (PNP), using the CHAMPSKNOW forecast. The team of political scientists says the PNP has a 56 per cent chance of winning compared to the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) 44 per cent.

However, the JLP's general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says although the intellect of the researchers should be respected, the projection is subjective and based on research done late last year.

He says the election will be decided by uncommitted voters over the course of the next four days. Pointing to the Don Anderson polls, he says the number of people who have decided to vote has increased significantly since January.

The PNP's Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson, however, says even with the favourable projections for his party, its confidence is supported by further internal analysis. He opted not to give a seat count projection.