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Kerr-Jarrett stays with voters for JLP mass meeting

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Paula Kerr-Jarrett (second left), Jamaica Labour Party candidate for Eastern Hanover, chats with constituents at her office in Hopewell. - Photo by Nagra Plunkett


At least one of the 63 Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidates for the December 29 general election was missing from the stage in Mandeville on Sunday when Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the date.

Paula Kerr-Jarrett, the JLP's candidate for Eastern Hanover, opted to remain with her constituents while thousands of other Labourities travelled to the Central Manchester to hear Holness name the date.

With the use of state-of-the-art technology, Kerr-Jarrett and her team set up screens in the divisions of Hopewell, Chester Castle and Sandy Bay in the Eastern Hanover constituency to transmit a live feed of the mass meeting to her supporters.

"I couldn't take my entire constituency and so I wanted to be with them when the important and historic date was announced. What I did here today is in keeping with the theme of my campaign 'More about People'," Kerr-Jarrett told The Gleaner.

While the other JLP candidates were on stage in Mandeville, Kerr-Jarrett split her time between the three divisions in her constituents.

"The party and the prime minister understand that I needed to be in the constituency today," said Kerr-Jarrett, who will be challenging the People's National Party (PNP) D.K. Duncan.

The latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll show Kerr-Jarrett with a real chance of beating the political veteran and sitting MP Duncan.

He had defeated the JLP's Barrington Grey by 10 votes in the 2007 election and Kerr-Jarrett, the political newcomer, is going all out to reverse the result.

On Sunday, it was a carnival-like atmosphere in Hopewell as Kerr-Jarrett's supporters turned out to watch the proceedings in Mandeville.

Food, liquor and music were in abundance during the evening, as the event mimicked a political mass meeting.

There was no shortage of horn blowing, bell ringing and applause from young and old Labourities.

The celebration reached fever pitch when they saw JLP leader Andrew Holness took the stage.

"We gone a lead. Andrew time now!" shouted long-time JLP supporter Delroy Jumpp in Hopewell.

There was dancing after the live viewing and scores of Kerr-Jarrett supporters travelled to nearby Sandy Bay where they had a mini-celebration and started what they believe is the quick sprint to a second consecutive term in government for the JLP.