Jamaica’s Prime Minister Elect, Andrew Holness has told Jamaicans to hold his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration to account following the party’s memorable victory over the People’s National Party (PNP) led by Portia Simpson Miller.
The JLP won 33 of the 63 constitutional seats, with the remaining 30 seats going to the PNP, in what has been described as the tightest majority in Jamaica’s history.
In his acceptance speech at the JLP headquarters in Kingston last night, Holness told supporters that he was acutely aware of the consequences of his victory and vowed not let them down, according to a report by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.
In conceding defeat, PNP President Simpson Miller commended the JLP, but warned that her party would not allow them to wreck the economy.
Analysts have attributed the JLP win to Holness’ 11th-hour 10-point plan and its centerpiece proposal to “get rid of personal income tax for everyone who earns a gross salary of $1.5 million or less”.