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Jamaicans In US Diaspora React To Election Outcome

Members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States have expressed concerns about the low voter turnout in Thursday’s general elections in Jamaica while congratulating the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on its massive win.

Based on the preliminary county, the JLP won 49 of the 63 seats.

The overall voter turnout was approximately 37 per cent, compared to 48.37 per cent in the 2016 general election.

Some members are concerned about the possible implications for the country’s democratic systems with such a lopsided result.

Dr Basil Wilson, political commentator and former lecturer at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, says that the defeat suffered by the People’s National Party (PNP) was abysmal and signals that its support has diminished substantially.

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