Andrew Holness will seek his second mandate for state power when his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) heads to the polls on Thursday, September 3 in a 23-day sprint to beat gathering coronavirus clouds that could dampen voter turnout.
Some 1,913,410 persons are on the voters’ list, up from 1,824,410 in the February 2016 election in which Holness’ JLP registered a surprise one-seat win over the People’s National Party (PNP).
Tuesday’s announcement of the general election was unlike any in recent memory.
There was no blaring music, and the thousands had not come out to witness the calling of Jamaica’s 18th general election, and there was no “flying of the gate”.
It was a dead giveaway that the occasion was no ordinary one.