Jamaica braces for Christmas Elections

Last night Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the country's 16th General Elections since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944 is to be held on December 29th this year.  This is to be preceded by nomination day on Monday the 12th. The two major parties to contest the elections are the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led by the Prime Minister and the Peoples National Party (PNP) led by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. 

There has been speculations for weeks about the date of the polls and all this has been put to rest last night  Prime minister Andrew Holness became Jamaica's youngest Prime Minister when he was sworn in on October 23 this year.  This was on the back of the resignation of former Prime Minister Bruce Golding over the handling of the Christopher "Dudus" Coke extradition order.  The highly publicized case saw Coke being extradited to the United States to face drug related charges.  Coke is still in the custody of the US authorities.

While the election date is now confirmed what will this mean for Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean in this the Christmas period.  What lessons can we derive here in Trinidad and Tobago from the elections in Jamaica? If you are traveling to Jamaica this Christmas send us a note and let us know how you plan to spend your time there.  We have access to all the information you need to navigate the Island of Jamaica. 

We continue to watch closely and follow the action as we keep you updated and informed.