Simpson Miller's controversial St Ann comments contributed to low voting - Hanna
St Ann South East Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna says the controversial comments made by the People's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller in the constituency two weeks ago affected the party's fortunes in Monday’s local government election.
Simpson Miller made the controversial comments in the Claremont division while being heckled by some party supporters telling them she would know who to bring the next time she was visiting the constituency.
Several people have said her statement incited violence.
IN PHOTO: Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller
Speaking on Nationwide 90 FM today, Hanna said although the PNP managed to retain the Claremont division, many PNP supporters were disappointed in Simpson Miller and decided not to vote on Monday.
She says the comments contributed to the PNP’s loss of the Moneague division, which was won by the JLP’s Delroy Kelly.
Hanna says she has also learnt that Simpson Miller’s comments turned off residents who are not party supporters but were likely to vote for the PNP.
The PNP won three of the four divisions in St Ann South East.