KINGSTON – A day after leading his Jamaica Labor Party to victory in the general elections, Andrew Holness promised to head a “transparent and open government accountable to the voters that elected it into office.”
Holness, 43, who served as prime minister for less than a year in 2011, is set to return to that office after the JLP took 33 of the 63 seats in parliament in Thursday’s voting.
The People’s National Party won the remaining seats.
The PNP was seeking a second consecutive term under Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, 70.
“Our mission is to move Jamaica from poverty to prosperity, our mission is to make it possible for you and your children to fulfill your dreams and aspirations,” Holness told jubilant party supporters.
“It has been a very long hard journey, but we are here because we have been faithful to the Jamaican people,” he said.
Holness said the JLP offered a message of hope to voters, reminding them “this is not the end of a journey, it is the beginning of change in Jamaica.”
Preliminary figure show the JLP received 436,459 votes, compared with 432,353 for the PNP. Just under 48 percent of Jamaica’s 1.8 million eligible voters turned out for Thursday’s poll.