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Holness: Not a perfect world, but we will deliver on promises

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2016 | 4:34 PM
"I'm not telling you that we live in a perfect world," he told Chang when asked if he should be held to account to deliver on all the promises made in the campaign.

Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online

Prime Minister-designate Andrew Holness has sought to assure that his Government will seek to honour all of its election promises, but he is also reminding Jamaicans that they do not "live in a perfect world".

Holness was speaking Sunday afternoon on NCU FM's Pressing Matters with Kevin O'Brien Chang.

Chang had asked Holness whether come April 1, the JLP Government would, as promised, remove the income tax requirement for all employees earning up to $1.5 million a year.

"Everyone can rest assured, we have made the commitment and as soon as the Budget is read, it will be in place," Holness said.

However, Holness said an extended transition of the Government may slightly push back the Budget.

"I'm not telling you that we live in a perfect world," he told Chang when asked if he should be held to account to deliver on all the promises made in the campaign.

"I was very specific in what I said. Much of what I notice however, is that people try and misquote and misrepresent what I have said and therefore I keep a very detailed record. In fact, I record everything that I say," he said.

In one of the closest elections in Jamaica's political history, Holness' Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) was on Thursday night declared the winner 33 seats to 30 over by the People's National Party (PNP).

However, late last night, the Electoral Office of Jamaica reported that there was a change in one of the seats after the official count saw the PNP's Dr Winston Green regaining the St Mary South Eastern seat by a nine-vote majority over Norman Green who was initially declared winner.

On Sunday afternoon, Holness declined to speak on the seat change saying given that the official counting was still underway in some places, the EOJ would be the appropriate body to respond.

Meanwhile, Holness said in two years under his leadership, there should be signs of growth in the economy and a reduction in poverty.

Acknowledging that two years is a very short time, Holness said he also recognizes that in five years he will be held to account by the electorate.

It's why he said in two and a half years he will evaluate his Cabinet ministers and those underperforming will face the consequences.

Holness, recalling the JLP's leadership race against Audley Shaw as one of his bleakest moments in politics, said arising from some of his experiences, he has developed sound knowledge and wisdom to lead.