NO DATE: Prime Minister keeps Jamaicans guessing on election date

“I will not be calling it today, but from what the public has seen here today, the public knows we are ready,” he said, telling supporters “today is a day of celebration”

Holness, who was elected unopposed as leader of the JLP, following the resignation of then prime minister Bruce Golding last month, said that he was confident that the party would romp home to victory whenever the polls were called.

There had been much speculation that Holness, 39, the island’s ninth head of government since political independence in 1962, would have sought a fresh mandate for the administration which he inherited from Golding on October 23.

But he told JLP supporters clad in their green T-shirts that he would not announce the date on Sunday, but promised to do so soon.

“The next time you see me at a mass meeting it will be game set. You notice how I trim down and start to look like Usain Bolt (the Jamaican-born world 100 and 200 metres champion) it is going to be a sprint to the finish line,” he said.

Holness, the island’s youngest ever head of government, told JLP supporters that they should return to their communities “with the message that you are now on your marks”.

Holness told supporters that he would not be promising them “milk and honey’ and that he was introducing new politics into Jamaica, adding “I have enough respect for the people of Jamaica”.

He said he would be comfortable speaking to all Jamaicans whether they live in poor areas or upscale communities.

The Prime Minister, quoting the words of the late US civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, said that “if it falls to your luck to be prime minister, then be the best prime minister ever”.

He said it was also important for that person to be remembered as a “great prime minister” and thanked his colleagues as well as Golding for the confidence in leading the party.

“This will be the party that gives Jamaicans the opportunity to be the best they can be,” he said, adding “I know you have gotten the message.

“I will see you again very soon as we walk down the road to victory.”

In the last general election held here in 2007, the JLP won 33 of the 60 seats in the Parliament with the remainder going to the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP).


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