he leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, believes that the results of last night’s elections in Jamaica reflect a gross miscalculation on the part of outgoing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
Mr. Prudent added that the outcome of the elections in favour of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) proved how wrong Mrs. Simpson Miller was in believing that she could escape the wrath of the people by scheduling the elections ahead of the constitutionally due date of December 2016.
Her actions, and those of other leaders throughout the Caribbean who have sought to capitalise on the power of their incumbency to manipulate the political process to achieve their desired goals, highlight the need for a set date for general elections, including term limits, to weed out career politicians who have outlived their usefulness but who continue to pursue elective office long after their political relevance has expired.
Mr. Prudent’s relationship with the JLP dates back to the early eighties, when, as a young political aide and confidant of the late Sir John Compton and Peter Phillip, he received specialised training at a campaign management retreat hosted by the JLP.
According to Mr. Prudent, the JLP victory last night is not only a reflection of good democracy in Jamaica but is also an eye-opener for other Caribbean prime ministers who fervently believe that early elections may offer them an escape route.