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Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 12:03 AMDaraine Luton

2011 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTCONSTITUENCY TOTALSDr Christopher Tufton 9,440Hugh Buchanan 9,453Voter turnout: 68.41 per cent of 27,710Ballots rejected: 63When Hugh Buchanan won South West St Elizabeth on a People's National Party (PNP) ticket in 2011...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

2011 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTCONSTITUENCY TOTALSEastern St ThomasFenton Ferguson - 8,018Patrece Charles Freeman - 7,545Vote turn-out: 55.30 per cent of 28,364 votersBallots rejected: 84Despite calling himself the 'Five-Star General', Dr Fenton...

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 12:01 AMDaraine Luton

The much-hyped campaign-finance bill will not take effect for this election.The bill, which is intended to amend the Representation of the People Act, has cleared both Houses of Parliament but has not been signed by Governor General Sir Patrick...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

As Dr Peter Phillips said this past week, 'all good things must come to an end'.Dr Phillips, who was speaking on the motion for adjournment in the House of Representatives last Tuesday, was commenting on the successes of the Parliament in its just-...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 1:15 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Labourites have been urged by Jamaica Labour Party heavy hitter Audley Shaw to be sceptical of reports in the media. "Watch weh you read and watch weh yuh hear inna di media. So so ginalship a gwaan inna the news media. Watch it!" Shaw...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 11:43 AMDaraine Luton, Staff Reporter

Former Finance Minister Audley Shaw, is adamant that he left the economy in good health in 2012, and claims to the contrary by members of the People's National Party are lies that have been told on him and the Jamaica Labour Party. ...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

On November 22, 2011, when the House of Representatives met for the last time before the dissolution of Parliament, Dr Christopher Tufton, the member of parliament (MP) for South West St Elizabeth, arrived late for the sitting. Never in his wildest...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

On Sunday night, when the People's National Party (PNP) presented its slate of candidates for the upcoming general election, one face was missing from the line-up. It was that of Noel Donaldson, who was absent because of ill-health.Donaldson, who is...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Michael Peart's young son, Matthew, beamed with excitement yesterday as the sprinkling of lawmakers who turned up for the last sitting of the House of Representatives stood one more time, in the customary manner, showing reverence as the speaker...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 11:31 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness has made an impassioned appeal to educated, disillusioned Jamaicans to support his party as part of a national cause to ensure economic growth and prosperity for the country. Holness said he was...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 12:05 AMDaraine Luton

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller heads to Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, this evening, knowing that on the only occasion she announced the date for the general election her party lost.Then, Simpson Miller was seemingly...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw on Thursday night, while on a political platform in Lionel Town, Clarendon, misrepresented facts about disbursements of money from the Equalisation Fund to the 22 divisions in the Clarendon Parish Council....

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 1:50 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

 Audley Shaw last night used a political platform in Lionel Town, Clarendon to misrepresent the facts about disbursements on money from the Equalization Fund to the 22 divisions in the Clarendon Parish Council. Shaw, who had earlier raised the...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 11:53 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) parish council aspirant has suggested that Jamaica is being punished with plagues because of its decision to elect the Portia Simpson Miller-led People’s National Party (PNP) to govern the affairs of the country....

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Having been rejected by delegates in North West St Ann, former People's National Party (PNP) member Ivan Anderson has shifted his focus to neighbouring South East St Ann and has served notice that the socialist dominance is about to end."I am going...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A clergyman last night sent up prayers to God asking him to cause People's National Party supporters to vote for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).Reverend Leroy Palmer, councillor/ caretaker for Hayes Division, while praying, told God that the JLP has...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 11:31 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

 JLP campaign chairman Mike Henry has warned all six parliamentary candidates in Clarendon that they will have to live in their constituencies. "You all going to have to live in your constituency the day after you win the seat,"...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 9:45 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Winston Maragh, a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor in Clarendon, has described former prime minister Michael Manley as an "idiot". Maragh, while moderating a JLP mass meeting in Lionel Town Clarendon, said that through his actions,...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 9:37 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

A retired local politician has beseeched Labourites to prevent the entry of the Duncan sisters to Parliament. Alfred Francis, a former councillor for the Mocho Division, said at a Jamaica Labour Party rally in Lionel Town, Clarendon that the...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's decision not to call a general election last year may have saved the People's National Party (PNP) some seats which were in danger of being lost, the party's general secretary Paul Burke confessed yesterday."We...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Parents and guardians who allow their children to be on the streets, unsupervised, after nine o'clock at nights, or cause them to be living with an adult in circumstances which expose them to substantial risk of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A week after the House of Representatives voted to move the minimum wage to $6,200 per week, a long-standing member of parliament turned up in the legislature this week suggesting that the minimum wage be pegged to the United States dollar.Audley...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips yesterday said that there are many companies that are interested in Jamaica's bauxite assets and hinted that the country would not suffer if Noranda Bauxite left.Noranda, which operates a bauxite plant in St Ann,...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said yesterday that she has already been touched by her Master, an indication that the general election is near.Simpson Miller's off-mic comment was made in the House of Representatives yesterday after Opposition...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 4:30 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Members of Parliament today congratulated Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips on being named The Gleaner's Man of the Year. The honour, which was bestowed on the finance minister yesterday, was brought to the attention of the House of...

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