JLP and PNP confident less than 48 hours before polls open
The People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are both expressing optimism about their chances, less than 48 hours before the polls open for Jamaica's 17th general elections.
Their optimism comes amid the publication of poll results in the last 24 hours.
The Don/Anderson RJR Group poll results give the PNP a roughly three percentage point lead over the JLP although the JLP made a one percentage point gain when compared with the last party standings released in January.
The Gleaner-Commissioned Bill Johnson poll has given the JLP the lead in the key marginal seats of St Andrew East Rural and St Elizabeth South West where the PNP candidates are incumbents.
Claiming a high voter turnout from yesterday's vote by members of the special services, JLP spokesman, Daryl Vaz, says the JLP has the momentum it wants heading into Thursday's poll.
Vaz also says the JLP's internal polls show what he calls a massive swing against the ruling PNP.
He says the party has identified 14 marginal seats including ones held by the JLP.
Meanwhile, the PNP general secretary, Paul Burke, says the party is ahead based on its projections.
However, he says the party is not dismissing the independent poll results.
Meanwhile, Burke says canvassing done among special service workers yesterday shows that the PNP won the popular vote.
Election day workers and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force voted yesterday.