#LocalGovtElection A battle for God's help
Keith Blake, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mayoral candidate for the Portmore Municipality in St Catherine, and political rival Leon Thomas of the People’s National Party (PNP) are both banking on the same medium to guarantee victory in today’s local government elections – divine intervention.
The Gleaner team caught up with Thomas who has been acting as mayor for about three years since George Lee died in office. After casting his vote at The Greater Portmore High School shortly after 10 a.m., he insisted that victory was a foregone conclusion.
“As of today it’s no more acting mayor. It’s 'His Worship the Mayor Leon George Augustus Thomas',” he said. He insisted that he got this assurance from God.
“This morning when I got up and when I kneel to pray, the Lord said to me, 'don’t worry yourself, you are the winner'."
Blake, who voted sometime around 8:30 a.m., was equally confident that God would give him victory.
He explained: “I’m supposed to vote early, get that out of the way, go out into the field and maximise as best as possible - not campaigning but to ensure that voters come out."
Blake is a first-time aspirant for the mayorship.
“This morning I have been getting prayers all over but a special prayer was given to me and I felt the burden lift off and the power of God is moving through Portmore at this time. Somebody prayed and the prayer to God is to ensure that He covers me today,” he said.