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Issues didn't matter in Central Westmoreland by-election

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Political historian Troy Caine says the central Westmoreland by-election is a clear example of a poll that had nothing to do with the issues.

Preliminary results in the by-election show the People’s National Party’s Dwayne Vaz polled 8,720 votes to 6,268 votes received by the Jamaica Labour Party's Faye Reid Jacobs.

Caine has noted that the recent discontent with the PNP Administration in relation to issues such as the Outameni controversy as well as the persistent poor state of infrastructure in the constituency appeared to have no impact on the decision of residents.

According to him, Vaz was always going to win, and all yesterday’s poll reflects is that Central Westmoreland continues to be a safe seat for the PNP.

Caine says he doubts conditions will change for the constituents despite promises from Vaz that he will advance the needs of residents.

Caine says the country cannot continue to have elections in which the issues do not matter or the entire country will be broken up into political garrisons.

Meanwhile, Caine says the JLP needs to figure out how to break down PNP safe seats.

According to the political historian, yesterday’s by-election raises the question of whether the leadership issues in the JLP have really been settled.

He says Holness does not appear to have been able to mobilise the entire JLP around its candidate.


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