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Samuda’s last time around

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell
Karl Samuda

Determined to complete unfinished business for the people of St Andrew North Central, Karl Samuda yesterday easily repelled the challenge of the People's National Party's (PNP) Jacqueline O'Gilvie, as he aims to accomplish 40 years as the people's representative.

Samuda has indicated that this was his last term in representational politics.

In an interview with The Gleaner on nomination day, Samuda pledged: "This term will be among my most critical terms," adding that he had "unfinished business" to carry out in his constituency.

He said the most critical job of all as a politician was to "serve the people of your constituency".

The colourful politician is one of two current parliamentarians who have notched up nine consecutive wins in general elections. The other is Lester Mike Henry, who has a similar impressive run from 1980 to present. PNP President Portia Simpson Miller, although first entering the House of Representatives in 1976, broke her spell of consecutive wins when the PNP refused to contest the 1983 snap election called by then Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

However, Samuda has distinguished himself from his contemporaries in representational politics by being the only member of parliament designate to have represented the PNP and the Jamaica Labour Party in successive general elections in the same constituency and pulled enough support to secure a win.